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PMQs: will the Commons return to rowdiness?

5 March 2014

8:59 AM

5 March 2014

8:59 AM

Will PMQs return to rowdiness today? The Chamber was a little quiet last week, which was perhaps down to a combination of rather serious questions from MPs and the debates over recess about whether the session had become more juvenile. But this isn’t down to any plan by the Prime Minister: I hear that recently told a group of supporters that while he had sympathy with Ed Miliband’s attempt to cool things down, he’d tried that himself and it hadn’t worked at all.

What will be interesting is whether Ed Miliband – or his colleagues on the Labour benches – raise the arrest of Patrick Rock. Number 10 is accused in many of the papers of a ‘cover-up’ over details of the arrest, and Labour sources have already suggested that Downing Street may have sat on the news to make the most of the Mail’s attacks on Harriet Harman. But to raise it is still a high risk strategy for Miliband given the nature of the allegations: it is not particularly beneficial for Labour to look like a party of conspiracy theorists.

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  • Smithersjones2013

    That this is the best poor izzy can come up with demonstrates how pointless this Zombie government has become……

  • Peter Stroud

    I am actually listening to PMQs, and can report that it is still delightfully rowdy.

  • Noa

    To the moderater,
    Why was my post raisng legitimate and serious concerns which should be addressed at PMQ, over the government’s silence on the Downing Street arrest by the secretive National Crime Agency censored?

  • swatnan

    You can bet on it. The only time we have solemnity these days is when there’s bad news from Afghanistan. Gladstone and Disraeli will be squaring up again today on the Russian atrocities in the Caucasus and sending our troops to relieve the seige in Crimea.

  • Shazza

    The big difference here is that No 10 were unaware of Rock’s wrongdoings and as soon as it became clear as to what he was up to, he was dealt with accordingly.

    Harman, Dromey etc. knew about the paedophile links – clue in the name PIE and failed to disassociate themselves from said organisation and by implication, condoned the behaviour of PIE. For this they are guilty and should resign and Red Ed, by not firing them, by implication is condoning their past behaviour.

  • kyalami

    Er … and the reason for posting a link to an o-l-d PMQs is … ?

  • asalord
    • Fergus Pickering

      And that WOULD be terminally boring.

  • Fergus Pickering

    Will it return to rowdiness? Oh I do hope so.

  • Kitty MLB

    Well they no longer have Betty Boothroyd and
    her whip to keep them under control ,
    besides being rowdy makes them seem human
    and less like mannequins.

    • telemachus

      I think “Mr average Mirror ( can they even read) and Sun reader” are alienated by the Public School bickering

      • Kitty MLB

        Mr&Mrs average less concerned with
        your little class war then they are the look
        of fake anguish on the little trembling
        on the faces deceitful members of the peoples
        party especially that maniac Balls.

        • telemachus

          Ed Balls makes question time
          Just watch him at noon

          • gerontius

            Telemachus
            You’re as big a bore as Balls and a second rate shill to boot.

            • Colonel Mustard

              Now that he’s back with his usual pseudonym and running frantically up and down every thread again cheerleading desperately for that bunch of mutant misfits and Blair/Brown has-beens on the opposition front bench best to ignore him completely.

              Angela Eagle charismatic . . . my giddy aunt. Whatever is he on.

              • Kitty MLB

                Well Ball’s is apparently very good in the
                kitchen he’s clearly been upto
                no good with some suspect Lib Dem
                mushrooms and feeding them to telemachus,
                thats why he is a sandwich short of a picnic
                as my granny used say.

                • telemachus

                  “Picnics are not allowed under New Labours Serious Organised Crime and Policing Act, as they constitute a group of people meeting in a public place.

                  Also under New Labour a health and safety risk assessment would have to be carried out before a picnic could take place. ”

            • telemachus

              Believe me I am flattered to be mentioned in the same breath as that giant of politics

              • Kitty MLB

                Oh its telemadus again-uttery mad.

                • telemachus

                  Kitty
                  When you first arrived you were shaping up to be a formidable poster
                  Now I see you are just a besotted groupie

                • Kitty MLB

                  Ouch, fatally wounded now.
                  Was that a dagger I saw far late,
                  son of Odysseus.

                • telemachus

                  Kiity
                  You should be lauding Ed Milibands dignified performance at PMQ’s rather than trying to score points ad hominem in the manner of your mentor

                • Kitty MLB

                  I have no mentor and battled quite alone
                  Within the darkening bear pit of the Spectator,
                  I can assure you of that beloved Brutus.
                  Ed Miliband- utter puffle.

                • Colonel Mustard

                  Ignore him Kitty. All his comments are contrived to provoke a reaction. He has some nerve writing about scoring points ad hominem but that’s typical Labour hypocrisy for you.

                • telemachus

                  Kitty
                  I perceive that deep down you are a caring soul led astray
                  Ed also is someone in life to improve the lot of others
                  What he says today or indeed any day has the interests of the country and ALL of its people at its heart

                • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

                  Your comments on Ed: Oh barf!

              • gerontius

                Telemachus, do yourself, and us, a favour: Push off, the brand is toxic and so are you.

  • telemachus

    “What will be interesting is whether Ed Miliband – or his colleagues on the Labour benches – raise the arrest of Patrick Rock. Number 10 is accused in many of the papers of a ‘cover-up’ over details of the arrest, and Labour sources have already suggested that Downing Street may have sat on the news to make the most of the Mail’s attacks on Harriet Harman”
    *
    As you well know, Lynton Crosby wound the Mail up to dredge up the Harman story to prevent Labour from attacking on Rock when Lynton eventually authorised No 10 to divulge the Rock story this week

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