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Cameron says he’s relaxed about tonight’s Queen’s Speech vote. But is he?

15 May 2013

15 May 2013

MPs are storming their way through the Queen’s Speech debate this afternoon, with a vote on that troublesome EU referendum bill amendment expected around 7pm. But for all their talk in the past few days, those in the pro-amendment camp are noticing a fading away in support. One source tells me:

‘Given all the whips’ pressure, 60 would be good.’

When I pointed out that the whips were supposed to be incredibly relaxed about the whole thing, the source gave a hollow laugh.

This is odd, as Downing Street is briefing that this is a free vote and that anyone who supports it isn’t a rebel. But Sky’s Jon Craig suggests that William Hague is going to appeal to Tory MPs to reject it at the 1922 Committee meeting, which is taking place at the moment. So is the party leadership relaxed about this vote or not?


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  • anyfool

    One source tells me:

    ‘Given all the whips’ pressure, 60 would be good.

    I think you need to change your source from Tim nice but dim.

  • Colonel Mustard

    Is he chillaxing with his little video games – the prat.

  • an ex-tory voter

    It is time a way was found to ensure the labour trolls, in particular “Telemachus” are no longer able to enjoy their disruption of rational discourse on this site. It cannot be beyond the wit of man and the moderators to find a way in which to ensure that given sufficient negative votes the troll’s comments are disconnected from their parent comment and head to the bottom of the list.

    • Wessex Man

      Don’t bring your Tory thought control on here pal, besides I quite like reading telemachus’s little stories, we’re not all tired old Tory moaners like you.

      POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Russell

    It was noticeable that none of the Co-operative financed Labour MP’s mentioned the slight ongoing solvency problem that the co-op bank has and the fact that labour have a £3.8million long overdue overdraft problem!

    labour regularly praise the co-op bank for its financial competence and wonderful principles.
    You couldn’t make it up, labour and financial matters are like chalk and cheese!

    • telemachus

      I think Will Hague is reporting that to the 1922 as I write

      • Colonel Mustard

        You have been told. Listen and learn. Then f*** off.

        • telemachus

          Read Noa below and contemplate your fate

          • Noa

            That the Spectator is currently centre left doesn’t mean that the CH posters are.
            I recommend you follow the good colonel’s advice in all matters.

  • Freeas Abird

    Cameron will be asking the pilot to go slow so he doesn’t get back from the US until its all over. He can then sneak into Downing St in the dark, or drive up in a blaze of glory, depending on circumstances.

  • Austin Barry

    Relaxed?

    Well, I suppose that’s an improvement on his usual catatonia.

    • Wessex Man

      He’s so relaxed that he’s taken the cowards way out and gone to the States to avoid the revolt!

  • telemachus

    For those who do not read the Basildon and Billericay Echo regularly, hear this about their local MP, John Baron:-

    “Following the Legg Review Mr Baron had to pay back £8,800 to cover interest claimed for the rule-breaking £34,035.

    Yet he has been able to keep around £23,000 in respect of interest he has so far claimed on the £87,000 in 2003 – the Legg Review focused on MPs’ claims made between 2004 and 2009.”
    Such types should be in UKIP

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1296945479 John McClane

      I knew it. You couldn’t resist. You simply had to post yet another meaningless, irrelevant, comment.

      • telemachus

        You need to understand the character of your leaders

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1296945479 John McClane

          You need to understand the irrelevance of your comments.

          • telemachus

            I fail to see why you cannot understand why the public is not entitled to know the moral character of someone trying to wreck our great country

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1296945479 John McClane

              I fail to see why you cannot understand that your comments on this blog are consistently pointless. If you want to talk to the public, go elsewhere.

              • telemachus

                I see the main thrust of this site is liberal (small “l” ) soft right
                The problem is that a vocal extreme right cabal tolerates only extreme right views or homage to Farage

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1296945479 John McClane

                  The Spectator is a right-wing magazine. Its readership and blog audience is also likely to be right-wing. This fact cannot have escaped you.

                  There is is no cabal, there is no problem, except that you are posting the wrong comments on the wrong blog. As such, your comments remain pointless, irrelevant and unnecessary.

                • telemachus

                  Listen and learn

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1296945479 John McClane

                  No. You listen and you learn. It’ll be a steep learning curve for you. And listening means be quiet, for a change.

                • Colonel Mustard

                  !!!!! Wonderful.

                • Colonel Mustard

                  Brilliant. You tell the little beggar.

                • Noa

                  I know a better vowel that that to use.

                • Noa

                  “The Spectator is a right-wing magazine.”

                  Really? Once true, it now occupies a fashionable central left position verging on the outer limits on political correctness.
                  Witness the banning of Rightist posters on here whilst the likes of telemachus are allowed to interminably post their often hateful drivel.

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1296945479 John McClane

                  It’s still a good read. And I doubt whether telemachus has ever, ever, bought a paper edition.

                • Wessex Man

                  but very amusing.

              • Colonel Mustard

                +A+

          • Colonel Mustard

            A+

    • anyfool

      Is that all he should go to the Balls family for advice, they really know how to game the parliamentary expenses system he is a total amateur compared to your charismatic cheats.

  • Chris lancashire

    It’s relaxed. They retain a sense of proportion.

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