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John Bercow presided well over a stormy PMQs

20 November 2013

2:00 PM

20 November 2013

2:00 PM

Both sides came to PMQs today armed with prepared lines. David Cameron had the ‘nightmare’ emails and the whole Reverend Flowers and the Co-Op scandal. Ed Miliband had Nick Boles’ admission yesterday that the Tories are seen as the party of the rich.

These jibes were duly hurled across the despatch box. But it was evident that Cameron was enjoying the exchanges rather more. When Miliband called Cameron a ‘loser’ he seemed to be trying a touch too hard.

Cameron’s relaxed attitude was also because he knows that there are serious problems coming down the track for Labour. He announced that the government is now looking at an inquiry into the Co-Op and how Reverend Flowers came to be running the bank. Combine this with the inquiry into Unite’s ‘leverage’ tactics and you have two inquiries which will report before the next election which could embarrass Labour.

One other notable thing about today’s PMQs was how much more restrained Bercow’s chairing of it was. When the Labour benches, rather humourlessly, started raging about Cameron saying Michael Meacher sounded like he had taken mind-altering substances, Bercow brought the House to order. When Meacher then made a point of order, Bercow simply let Cameron respond.


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  • swatnan

    The truth is some people are just not cut out to be Speakers, PMs Leaders, or indeed MPs, and we had a good example of all 3 today.

  • Terence Hale

    Hi,
    John Bercow presided well over a stormy PMQs. The PMQ’s time should not be frittered away. The escapades of Reverend Paul Flowers are not worth parliamentary time as also the Interest Rate Rigging of labor and the currency rigging yet to come. This is a matter for the law.

  • HookesLaw

    Meacher’s remarks were idiotic. But then he is a socialist. He deserved slapping down. Indeed he deserves fining for wasting parliamentary time.

    The Mali economy was in recession in 2012 (-4.5%) its one of the 25 poorest countries in the world. Its GDP is just about 17 billion dollars. Its leading activity is gold mining, no doubt the price of gold is encouraging that.

    • toco10

      Someone should ask multi millionaire Meacher just how many properties he and his family own and whether he has a brother-in-law who was head of a major City investment bank.Nothing at all wrong with any of this of course but some may find the answers surprising given his political positioning.

    • Smithersjones2013

      Meacher’s remarks were idiotic. But then he is a socialist.

      What’s Nick Boles excuse then?

  • Colonel Mustard

    From a dire shadow and shadowy front bench, ranged in all their unpleasantness before their ugly, noisy mob of dire, chip-shouldered and entitlement obsessed MPs, the Gonk with his strange skunk-like hair was as dire as dire could be.

    “Awf arf arf awf!” he vented indignantly, like an anorexic whale spuming on a deserted beach with no sea. “Arf awf awf arf!” and then to sit, magnificently, petulantly triumphant as though he had just won the Fabian Youth Society’s Primrose Hill Branch Tiddlywinks competition, next to his thick set and thick gauleiter and the other thick thieves of that shadowy front bench with the long shadow of Bonkers Broon still cast over it.

    • HookesLaw

      You are far too polite.

    • dalai guevara

      Oh dear, Parliament no longer represents the people. This also is entirely of your own making.

  • In2minds

    “Ed Miliband had Nick Boles…….” –

    Boles is an idiot, part of the problem and not the solution. His idea for a LibTor-TorLib party to fool the voters will not work. How about a Tory party led by a Tory, tried that?

    • Bill Brinsmead

      Yep. Hague, then Howard.

      • HookesLaw

        And the likes of Redwood still carped and caused trouble then.

      • dalai guevara

        Why omit the quiet Tunichtgut from your list.
        Is he a persona non grata, even by your standards?

    • Smithersjones2013

      Have you ever known a Minister of the Government suggesting that the best way to advance his party’s interests is to fabricate a party and for people to vote for it rather than his own party?

      Clearly Boles thinks the Tories are unelectable on their own.

  • telemachus

    Bercow was dreadful and acted like the Tory he is
    He should have made Cameron answer questions rather than giving him his head and allowing him to stray into what are properly Police matters

    • kyalami

      Ah. He must have been good, then.

      • telemachus

        No
        He should be impeached

        • Neotelemachus

          Read your own comment of last week Idiot #1 which I repeat again for you:

          Bercow is doing just fine
          He fails to be cowed by the bullying hectoring Government front bench
          Cameron talked over him at the last PMQ’s and should be barred for a day as punishment
          We cannot go back to the days of Lenthall being bullied by crown representatives (which is what Government ministers are)

          • Swiss Bob

            He’s a loon, probably too much meth, coke and rent-boys.

    • Neotelemachus

      Well you’ve changed your tune quickly enough Idiot #1. Two weeks ago you were telling us all how wonderful the poisoned dwarf Bercow was. Either you are not the same telemachus commenting here 2 weeks ago, or you are a hypoicrite, or both perhaps?

    • Neotelemachus

      Through the wonders of Disqus I have uncovered your recent comment on Bercow and present to you below Idiot #1.

      Hang him then?
      *
      Bercow is doing just fine
      He fails to be cowed by the bullying hectoring Government front bench
      Cameron talked over him at the last PMQ’s and should be barred for a day as punishment
      We cannot go back to the days of Lenthall being bullied by crown representatives (which is what Government ministers are)

      • Swiss Bob

        It’s labour’s thick ‘seal team’, one can’t remember what the other one posted.

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