"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

PMQs: Verdict

Parliament, 1857: "Please Sir! I've made it nice and clean."

Brown = 5; Cameron = 5; Clegg = 5.  Delicate flowers need not read further.

I don't think I can do it this week.  I hold up my hands and admit that I dislike Brown (as you may have noticed) and just listening to him gives me a sick-to-the-pit-of-my-stomach feeling that I've never had before. I've always tried to put feelings aside and, whatever has happened in previous days, judge PMQs as a stand-alone.  He is really trying my patience.  He's such a lying, blustering (intrans to speak in a boasting, angry or threatening way, often to hide fear) bombastic, fraudulent f/tard as he parrots the same lines ('the right thing to do' made yet another appearance) week in week out.  His script-writers must be as p!ssed of as I am.

His MO is plain to see for anyone who cares to watch and there is a discernible pattern to it - pre- and post- Whelan, Campbell and Mandelson.  I've been watching this treacherous b/stard for more years than is psychologically helpful and it's reached such a stage that I'd rather have Nick Clegg as PM than listen any more to the scripted and typed lines of Brown.  The thought that some people might actually vote for the Labour Party in the upcoming GE just so they'll have to acknowledge and sort out their own mess, fills me with dread.

Videos will follow so you can make up your own minds.

We had the awful roll-call of remembrance plus a tribute to Michael Foot.

Richard Benyon, Con, Newbury, a former Officer with the Green Jackets, had the first question:  The Army Families Federation has carried out postal trials which show that the majority of the Armed Forces won't be able to vote in the GE.  "Will the PM intervene to avoid "the perverse situation" where they are fighting abroad to give others the right to vote while being denied that right themselves?"

Brown:  The Justice Secretary (gesturing to a bemused & blinking Straw) is making "the best arrangements possible so that every soldier  and every member of the Armed Forces overseas ... will be able to cast their vote and I will personally write to him about all the arrangements that are being made.  It is absolutely right that everyone should ha-ha-have the chance to cast their vote in every election."

David Drew, Lab, Stroud, asked about Ashcroft.  Brown denied he'd been involved in any investigation of Ashcroft.  The Cons cried, "Shame!" and from that moment Labour b/benchers found their collective voice and found another use for their Order Papers rather than sticking them where they rightly belong.

Roaarr-aargh!  (You have to remember that I'm watching this for the second time around).

Cameron associated himself first with the tribute to Foot and then to the soldiers who've died in the past week.  He asked Brown about the Coroner's verdict yesterday.  You really need to watch the videos for the exchange.  Cameron was angry.  I think he came into the Chamber having already decided to be angry and, in my book, he did very well indeed until he blotted his copybook right at the end when he half-smiled at Brown's comments and Brown turned and smiled at Darling.

Clegg also read out the names of the dead servicemen and Foot.  NAO - led on crime - prisons as colleges of crime.  Brown always treats the LibDem leader as an indulgent school-ma'am would treat a wayward and retarded child.  (Am I still allowed to say that?)

Enough - these are my notes, make of them what you will and enjoy the videos:

Brown ran his finger along the lines and read his speech, head down and sotto voce.
Brown red-faced.  Harman smirking and pointing.  Darling subdued and old.
I-I-I. implied the Conservative Party weren't patriotic preferring to deflect the question back to Ashcroft.
Hain laughing like a drain.
Straw with a yellow flower in his buttonhole (?)
Khan, slumped and arms crossed.
Slurs & impugns integrity of others.
Bercow ineffective.  Do Labour MPs think he owes them?
Lots of stomachs, of both sexes, overflowing waistbands on the Labour and LibDem benches.
Brown defended extended use of cctv and dna
A red-red robin redbreast asked about MumsNet (wtf?)
Mine-detection equipment - lessons have been learned.
Always accusing the Conservatives of being divisive, not being consensual or patriotic.
Anne Widdecombe has stepped into the 1960's with a wonderful Quant/Sassoon hairstyle
Brown should be afraid - he falls short and he's been uncovered.

There were some very good questions, angry exchanges and catcalls worthy of St Chav's Comprehensive.  It was an interesting half-hour.



  1. aworkingmanMarch 10, 2010

    Thank you for posting this, I get in too late to view PMQs, so it's a blessing that I can catch up on your blog.

    A bit of an eye opener!

  2. You're more than welcome - I'm just relieved we can all have a breather soon :-) Thank you for taking the time to write.


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