"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, 4 May 2011

PMQs: Summary & Videos

I don't think Miliband will ever be taken seriously; he shows improvement in style but there's nothing beneath it - he's hollow and it shows when he's up against someone like Cameron. This week he led on police numbers in particular and broken promises in general but Cameron had the best of it again.

Nick Clegg looked very down-in-the-mouth all the way through today and he gazed, frowning and downcast, into the middle distance like a man distracted by the prospect of his own hanging.

Two moments of light relief stood out: Bercow telling the Children's Minister, Tim Loughton, that he was not obliged to act like a child; and Cameron asking Jack Dromey what his constituents thought of him being elected on an all-woman shortlist. With a few exceptions the questions were essentially a big plug for tomorrow's local council elections.

Did your MP speak?
Jim McGovern, Lab, Dundee West; Philip Lee, Con, Bracknell; Caroline Dineage, Con, Gosport; Jack Straw, Lab, Blackburn; Jeremy Lefroy, Con, Stafford; Bob Ainsworth, Lab, Coventry North East; Jane Ellison, Con, Battersea; Pamela Nash, Lab, Airdrie & Shotts; Stephen Mosley, Con, City of Chester; Jack Dromey, Lab, Birmingham Erdington; James Clappison, Con, Hertsmere; Kelvin Hopkins, Lab, Luton North; Andrew Selous, Con, South West Bedfordshire; Kerry McCarthy; Lab, Bristol East; Jason McCartney, Con, Colne Valley; Tony Lloyd, Lab, Manchester Central; Greg Hands, Con, Chelsea & Fulham; Mike Gapes, Lab Co-op, Ilford South; Mark Menzies, Con, Fylde; Michael Meacher, Lab, Oldham West & Royton; Therese Coffey, Con, Suffolk Coastal; Mary Glindon, Lab, North Tyneside; Rory Stewart, Con, Penrith & The Border; Alison McGovern, Lab, Wirral South; Bob Russell, LibDem, Colchester,

Matters raised:
Broken SNP promises; fires "raging in Bracknell"; Labour govt lies about immigration; EU-wide ban on stem cell research/human embryos by ECJ; Alstom manufacturing/boosting growth generally; the Military Covenant in law; congrats to Edward Lister, ex-leader Wandsworth Council; first-time buyers in Scotland; difference between Labour & Conservative Councils when cutting costs; "why have the Tories got it in for Birmingham"; what did we get in exchange for Labour's rebate to the EU; unemployment, the dole, collapse of housing market, return of a Labour govt; well-run Bedfordshire Councils; DLA and "callous and uncaring government"; Huddersfield Town and Yorkshire Air Ambulance; OECD report into UK childhood poverty/govt cuts; more brilliant Conservative-led Councils; allotments and "good British food"; yet more brilliant Conservative-led Councils; ramping up private borrowing; concerns about lack of rain in Suffolk; prospects for LibDems after tomorrow's electoral defeat; 2012 Diamond Jubilee and 2012 Olympics/"public diplomacy"; mental health in the Wirral; tomorrow's AV vote.

Videos to follow.

All followed by a Statement from the Speaker in which he read out the resignation letter received from Malcolm Jack, Clerk of the House.  It was gracious, but interesting on many levels and worth reading.
"Throughout these times it has remained my firm belief that only by having confidence in itself, in its ability to adapt to the new while keeping to the tried and tested, can the House retain its pre-eminent position as the sovereign body at the centre of our national, democratic life. Unwarranted and unfounded criticism from whatever quarter should not deflect Members from their duties which will necessarily ruffle and disturb the peace of consensus. "
McGovern - Nash

Mosley - Coffey

Glindon - end

H/t: LiarPoliticians

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