"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, 17 November 2010

PMQs: The Harridan Edition + Vids

You have to hand it to Harriet, she's much better than Miliband at the Despatch Box and whenever she stands in for him the Labour Party will be kicking themselves. Last week's PMQs when Clegg faced her in Cameron's absence was a lesson in how to annihilate your opponent, something the backbenchers took to heart. Clegg was useless and humiliated.  Cameron should think twice before he leaves PMQs in his hands again.

Cameron paid tribute to Ranger Aaron McCormick 1st Btn, Royal Irish Regiment, who died on Sunday whilst attempting to make safe an ied.  He also mentioned 'that' engagement, the one no-one can escape. 

Backbenchers:
Mark Lancaster, Con, Milton Keynes;  Brian Binley, Con, Northampton South; Gemma Doyle, Lab Co-op, West Dunbartonshire; Priti Patel, Con, Witham; Brian Donohoe, Lab, Central Ayrshire; Stephen Gilbert, LibDem, St. Austell & Newquay; Owen Smith, Lab, Pontypridd; Gordon Henderson, Con, Sittingbourne & Sheppey; Bill Esterson, Lab, Sefton Central; Andrew Griffiths, Con, Burton; Stephen Timms, Lab, East Ham; Karen Bradley, Con, Staffordshire Moorlands; Nigel Dodds, DUP, Belfast North; Richard Harrington, Con, Watford; Tony Lloyd, Lab, Manchester Central; Malcolm Bruce, LibDem, Gordon; Karl Turner, Lab, Kingston upon Hull East; James Morris, Con, Halesowen & Rowley Regis; Bridget Phillipson, Lab, Houghton & Sunderland South; Amber Rudd, Con, Hastings & Rye; Ben Bradshaw, Lab, Exeter.

Topics:
Cost of bureacracy to businesses;  failure of banks to lend to SMEs; the loss of 1700 jobs in W.Dunbartonshire; OFSTED & an infant school in Witham; meeting to disucss unemployment in C.Ayrshire; flooding in Cornwall; the number of midwives; planning laws & travellers; waiting lists for wheelchairs; Labour should re-pay £1m short money; how many jobs will be created in the East End's 'silicone valley'; vocational education & apprenticeships; training & equipping of Afghan security forces; tax credits for film studios and British film-makers; policing in Greater Manchester; visa & immigration cap; unfit social housing (Gateway Pathfinder Scheme); deprivation in Sandwell & the Pupil Premium Policy; scrapping of RDAs 'maoist & chaotic'; Saga creating new jobs in Hastings; cutting of flood defences & flooding in Cornwall.

Cameron - Harman

Part 2

Part 3

With thanks, as always, to LiarPoliticians for the videos.

Here's today's Daily Politics show in iPlayer notable for Katherine Birbalsingh, Will Straw, the swearing by Lord Falconer, Neil sinking his teeth into LibDem Tim Farron, the Scottish Budget and a convenient loss of transmission when Nick Robinson begins to talk about the failure of the euro.

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