"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."

Friday, 25 June 2010

DPMQs: A Heckle-Fest

At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that Cabinet Office Minister Mark Harper had been promoted to Deputy PM. The Opposition didn't think much of Clegg sitting down to let Harper answer the majority of questions in video one.

The first ever DPMQs sounded like a Monkey House with mocking and jeering MPs seemingly determined to vent their frustrations and fire shots at the Coalition and the LibDems in particular. Matters raised included the 55% dissolution trigger for Parliament, the changing of electoral boundaries, 3,500,000 people not registered on the electoral role, Clegg's own role and departmental responsibilities, decentralisation & localism, an In/Out referendum on the EU (!yes, really), the revolving door between lobbying/Whitehall, the hereditary principle of the House of Lords, the £2m donation from Michael Brown. As you'd expect, most of the questions were designed to make Clegg suffer and wrong-foot him.

Unfortunately, not all of the final section was recorded:

With thanks to Swiss Bob for the videos.

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