"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, 27 April 2011

PMQs: Summary/Videos

Tributes were paid to Colour Sergeant Alan Cameron and Captain Lisa Head who both died of injuries received in Afghanistan.   PC Ronan Kerr, who died in a car bomb attack in Omagh, was also mentioned.  Best wishes were sent to "William and Catherine".
Miliband led on the economy, saying it has flatlined.  He accused Cameron of complacency and repeated the mantra of too far & too fast.  He used his second three questions to question NHS  reforms.  All in all, he didn't get very far today.

It all turned rather nasty during Cameron's answers on the NHS when a shrieking Angela Eagle, who gives fishwives a bad name, wasn't silenced immediately by Squeaker Bercow; he let her carry on for too long  and that only encouraged her supporters.  He didn't intervene until Cameron himself told her to "calm down, dear" and that produced more squawking from the Labour benches. Bercow was forced to intervene a second time and it was mainly to tell Cameron to be quick and brief so more backbenchers could ask questions.

Cameron had a sly dig at Bercow later when he told Sarah Wollaston, who spoke so softly that the House was forced to be quiet and listen, that she was a "future Speaker in the making".   Mary Honeyball London MEP also had a mention as a member of "the loony left".

Did your MP speak?
Jim Shannon, DUP Strangford; Brian Binley, Con, Northampton South;  Nadine Dorries, Con, Mid-Bedfordshire; Kevin Brennan, Lab, Cardiff West;  Adrian Sanders, LibDem, Torbay;  Debbie Abrahams, Lab, Oldham East & Saddleworth;  Daniel Poulter, South Suffolk & Central Ipswich;  Bill Cash, Con, Stone;  Bill Wilson, Labour Sedgefield;  Sarah Wollaston, Con, Totnes;  Bill Esterson, Lab, Sefton Central;  Stephen Gilbert, LibDems, St Austell & Newquay;  John Woodcock, Lab, Barrow & Furness; Fiona Bruce, Con, Congleton; Ian Lucas, Lab, Wrexham;  Jonathan Evans, Con, Cardiff North;  Jamie Reed,  Lab, Copeland;  Richard Harrington, Con, Watford;  Paul Flynn, Lab, Newport West; Ian Swales, LibDem, Redcar;  Ben Bradshaw; Lab, Exeter;  Lee Scott, Con, Ilford North;  Nigel Dodds, DUP, North Belfast;  Henry Smith, Con, Crawley.

Topics raised:
IRA dissident attacks in N.Ireland;  reduced lending to construction industry; misleading Yes2AV campaign leaflets; a  dig at Andrew Lansley; Court of Judicial Inquiry for phone-hacking; reform of PCTs (Manchester); Suffolk's pitiful  broadband; EU taxation - no, no, no;  wind farms in Sedgefield and the Localism Bill; medical training; closure of wards and beds; housing crisis and waiting lists; NHS waiting times;  sexualisation of childhood;  hospice movement/gift aid; insurance hike for women (EU); gun control/West Cumberland Hospital; decline in manufacturing under Labour;  nuclear power & lessons from Fukushima;  No2AV; recovery stalled;  international review into Tamil massacres; Royal Irish Guards denied Homecoming Parade in Belfast;  freezing of council tax in Crawley.

Videos to follow as and when

A taster:

I can't believe this is kicking off.  If Bercow had done his job properly Cameron wouldn't have had to say it himself.  Angela Eagle should calm down; she's just another humourless and nasty piece of poisonous Lefty crap that's done so much to destroy this country:

More vids to follow

H/t: LiarPoliticians

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