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Labour uses Cameron’s ‘butch’ line as PMQs weapon

12 September 2012

2:05 PM

12 September 2012

2:05 PM

Today’s PMQs will not live long in the memory. The Hillsborough statement will, rightly, eclipse it.

There were, though, some things worth noting from it. Labour clearly believes that they can paint Cameron as some kind of chauvinist. Chris Bryant got the ball rolling, sneering ‘I know the Prime Minister thinks of himself as butch.’ During the leader’s exchanges, Ed Miliband responded to Cameron mocking predistribution—Miliband’s new policy idea—by calling it a ‘very butch answer’ and Cameron ‘Mr Butch.’ Finally, the Labour MP Ann McKechin asked why departing male minister got honours while there was ‘nothing like a dame’ for his sacked female ministers’.

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I wonder, though, if this attack will stick. Cameron might be a bit too Flashman in the Commons, think ‘calm down dear’ and all that. But outside the House, he does come across as a modern family man.

On policy, it was striking that Cameron wouldn’t repeat that the government remains committed to having the national debt falling as a percentage of national income by 2015-16. It does increasingly appear that the coalition is preparing to drop this one of its fiscal rules.

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  • Guru Mckenzie

    Cameron is over ! Next !

  • Austin Barry

    Chris Bryant got the ball rolling, sneering ‘I know the Prime Minister thinks of himself as butch.’

    Rather than a sneer, perhaps this was a discreet sexual invitation from the epicene Bryant, a man famous for his internet self-portrait, pale and rampant in his budgie-smuggler shreddies.

    • telemachus

      More homophobic innuendo
      Focus instead on this tale by Bryant himself

      ‘Twenty or so eight- to 10-year-olds from Cwmclydach primary school trundled down the road to my constituency office last Friday because they were studying politics in the Rhondda. We had laid out some election leaflets for them to peruse and they seemed to be taking a genuine interest. Then came the questions, starting with: “So why did you become an MP?” That was easy enough. The next one was a bit more difficult: “Why did you stop being a vicar?”‘

      As a former vicar are you not sure he was just focusing on the need for our PM to be more sensitive

      • Austin Barry

        No homophobia at all. Bryantophobia certainly. telemachusphobia without a doubt.

        • telemachus

          Oh but you are just like the other suitors

      • DaveCrouch

        Is it possible that he stopped being a vicar because he had heard rumours that there were certain activities that the church was beginning to frown upon, whereas he had heard that as an MP such activities were encouraged?

      • DaveCrouch

        Is it possible that he stopped being a vicar because he had heard rumours that there were certain activities that the church was beginning to frown upon, whereas he had heard that as an MP such activities were encouraged?

  • ArenaceousFish21

    #http://goo.gl/z98Fz

  • Deepsnoozer

    ‘Family man’ my arse! Spiv more like!!

    • HooksLaw

      At least he registers his parenthood on his children’s birth certificates.

      Labours line is almost as crass and pathetic as the one’s taken by the thicko’s who pollute this website.

  • Publius

    “It does increasingly appear that the coalition is preparing to drop this one of its fiscal rules.”

    Good thing that this too wasn’t a cast-iron guarantee, eh?

    The only principle is power, no doubt.

    • HooksLaw

      Labour signed up to Lisbon before the election – as you well know. But never let a lie intrude on your prejudice. Your only principle is misrepresentation and when you have to do that it shows you have no argument.
      This is just the same as labour’s lack of argument – when Bryant says – ‘I know the Prime Minister thinks ….’ , you know that Bryant knows nothing of what the PM thinks, but everything about what propaganda line they are peddling.

      • Publius

        And your comment on the dropping of the fiscal commitment?

    • alexsandr

      time to get a fixed rate mortgage methinks

    • Fergus Pickering

      No. Publius. The only principle is doing the best that you can. In winning the war Churchill went back on a lot of policies, because they ween’t working, because he was now convinced that they were wrong, but few pwople thought he was doing this just to cling on to power. Perhaps his strong point was promising nothng but ‘blood, toil, tears and sweat’.Perhaps Cameron should have promised that and swept to power on a tide of national fervour.

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