June 9th, 2010

Selecting the Checks and Balances

The post-election jamboree roles on. Despite the flurry of activity over the close of Labour leadership nominations, today’s Select Committee Chairman elections are not to be ignored. ConHome has the most comprehensive coverage.

Given any LibDem with an ounce of talent, and plenty lacking even that, are now in government, it came as no surprise that the two committees allocated to them were uncontested and two old timers Beith and Bruce are now running the hugely significant International Development and Justice Committees.

On the Labour side some old faces are still refusing to retire with any dignity they might have left. Slimey Keith Vaz is up for re-election as Home Affairs Chairman and absurdly received backing from Tim Montgomerie and Will Straw. Vaz has shamefully abused his position on that committee. There are some fairly underwhelming candidates for the other posts. The most significant committees and tight races are on the blue side.

A combination of a some fiercely independent candidates, a right-wing troublemakers slate and frankly some appalling nominations will make for an intriguing fight today. Carswell at Defence will put the fear of God in to the MOD and can only liven things up.  The defence manfacturers have let down the armed forces (and taxpayers) for decades. Carswell is the man with a mission to put that right.

Nadine has an outside shot at Health and is attempting to convince the Labour MPs that her views on abortion do not outweigh her NHS experience. She has got an impressive range on cross-party support for such a Marmite-figure. She would liven things up considerably.

Guido has made his views perfectly clear on why Tim Yeo’s financial interests render him completely unsuitable for the Energy job and thankfully he has a challenger in the cheapest MP, staff-less Philip Hollobone. Whether MPs will side with the parties and all those investment opportunities or the more humble man remains to be seen.


74 Comments

  1. 1
    jgm2 says:

    Rolls on. The post-election jamboree rolls on.

    Sorry.

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  2. 2
    Top political researcher says:

    And if mummy gets voted in she’s promised to get me a job!

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  3. 3

    Golly, there have to be some perks, surely?

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    • 6
      KEITH VAZOLINE says:

      Oh, rather !!!

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      • 11
        Vaz says:

        There’s an extra £15,000 in it as chairman of a select committe. But…for me, that’s not all. I can pull it in from all directions and no just expenses.

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        • 22
          Anonymous says:

          ‘shamefully abused his position’? – shome mishtake shurely, the man has no shame.

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  4. 4
    Savage cuts - yes please! says:

    Keith Vaz is really Nigel Keith Vaz.

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  5. 8
    Mandy says:

    Cover me in splooge.

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  6. 9

    Dorries should be fucked off out of it, she will gift the opposition ammo.

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    • 50
      Steve Expat says:

      At least she actually has some experience of the subject, unlike so many of the party placemen who have traditionally run the committees.

      Would love to see Carswell heading up Defence though, would definitely be a fox in the hen house…

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      • 71
        Tony says:

        I don’t know, Carswell has spouted shit about buying helicopters in the past. And I take issue about the comment of defence manufactures letting down the Armed forces and taxpayers – Its the Government and MoD who won’t pay for anything that cocks things up

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  7. 10
    Penfold says:

    I’m surprised Vaz isn’t up before the beak.

    Slimey just doesn’t got the distance in describing this unedifying member of our Parliament.

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  8. 12
    Labour Are Dead says:

    Any of you seen that sinister polar bear in the fish finger ad, voiced by Willem Dafoe? We should send him to sort out the Hunts in New Liebore. They wouldn’t stand a chance.

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  9. 14
    Post-Election Frolics says:

    I’d like Nadine Dorries to give me a soapy tit wank.

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    • 19

      So would i, as long as she used her mouth to make sucky-sucky faces and not try and speak from it.

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    • 20
      Just wondering says:

      Why do you have soapy tits?

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    • 23
      jgm2 says:

      You do realise that the soapy-tit-wank fantasy generally results in the MP object-of-desire being slung out for expenses troughing? You do realise that don’t you.

      Poor old Jacqui Smith (P45) and her husband, Richard Timney (P45) paid a terrible price for that fantasy. You wouldn’t want that to happen to Nadine. Would you?

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  10. 17
    Tom Tomos says:

    Slimy.

    Come on folks, it’s not hard.

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  11. 21
    jgm2 says:

    Just noticed Guido is going to be doing live chat for PMQ. I might just watch it.

    I’ve been unable to do so for years now because that sneering, economy-wrecking, incompetent, evasive fuck-wit Brown used to just make my piss boil so much I thought my kidneys would explode.

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  12. 25
    Harridan Hardperson says:

    Hello Proles! I do hope you enjoy all the one-liners and jokes that Aysha Hazarika’s written for me to say at PMQs.

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  13. 33
    Harman is a joke says:

    Blah Blah. Fair. Blah Blah Blah. Fair. Blah Blah it is unfair even though labour have had 13 years to sort out electoral register. Blah Blah! CCTV, is simply unfair we need more CCTV and less Civil liberties. Blah. Blah Blah.

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  14. 34
    Harman is useless says:

    Ha ha! Harman’s performance is a joke. Very funny.

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    • 68
      Harperson's secretary says:

      “As I was saying to Theresa only last week” pause for laughter ” that would be Theresa from Poets Corner in my constituency” – Theresa the local hooker perhaps? Think Harperson is planning a new career for herself with Jack as her pimp, of course.

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  15. 38
    Useless troughing lying Labour Hoons says:

    Youhoo! Still here. Oink, Oink!

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  16. 40
    English Flag says:

    wave

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  17. 41
    Steve Expat says:

    Wow – wasn’t it really wierd to actually see the PM answering the questions that were asked of him? Couldn’t be more of a contrast to Broon if he tried – keep it up Dave!

    Don’t like the planted questions though, let MPs from the government use the opportunity to challenge the PM on a constituency matter, not just giving him a free hit at the opposition. – Think it was 3 plants today.

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  18. 44
    MP Watch says:

    Brillo ripping Liebour a new arsehole with Benn Junior unable to answer on Liebour’s past spends!!

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  19. 45
    Coalition 2 Labour Hoons 0 says:

    Direct Dave versus Harman Hoon. Direct Dave won.

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  20. 46
    Monty Burns says:

    has Abbott made it or what

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    • 52
      Steve Expat says:

      Brillo saying he’s not sure, but Guido said she was in over half an hour ago!

      Nomitations now closed, canditates to be announced in 15 minutes’ time

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  21. 49
    Post-Election Frolics says:

    Cameron’s Alf Garnett joke about Balls was priceless. The look on Blinky’s face was hilarious. And the stricken look of those sitting near him was also a joy to behold. Cameron was on top form today.

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  22. 51
    Monty Burns says:

    who is that twat on the BBC saying the Torys are out to kill badgers and foxes.

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    • 55
      Steve Expat says:

      Brain May from Queen – obviously an expert on foxes and badgers.

      Anyone who’s lived outside a big city will know that they are both vermin, maybe if there is a good thing to come from the sad events of this week it will be more public acceptance of that – remember the free vote you promised, Dave..?

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    • 56
      Head Lizard says:

      Brian May and he just said there would not be any foxes if it wasn’t for the hunt breeding them.Own goal

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      • 66
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Its an own goal too for the pro-fox hunters too really.
        They too argue that they’re good for foxes, but at the same time remind people how terrible foxes are.

        Round here they just shoot them.

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  23. 53
    Coalition 2 Labour Hoons 0 says:

    Abbot through to next round

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  24. 54

    Anyone have any idea how equal sized consituenices can *possibly* be “unfair” as Hattie reckons? I’m genuinely intrigued to learn what arguments labour are going to roll out against this – are they really going to try to claim that t’inner cities demand greater representation just because they’re scummier places to live?

    She really is a dozy cow.

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    • 69
      I. Ron Ick says:

      They are unfair because they do not give women the equal opportunity of working as politicians.

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  25. 58
    Mr Ned says:

    Michael White’s comments in the PMQ section leave me apoplectic with rage.

    Why no minutes silence for the troops but one for the victims of the Cumbria shooting? The troops get theirs EVERY YEAR 11th Nov at 11:00 we shall remember them and I DO remember them and give thanks.

    Additionally the troops are willingly volunteering to risk their lives in their service.

    My fellow Cumbrians, who tragically were gunned down last week, did not volunteer for such. There is no other time when they are to be remembered and it was right and greatly appreciated that OUR Parliament remembered and paid their respects to ordinary people who normally do not even begin to register on the radar of those MPs in their Ivory Towers.

    For Michael White to write such bullshit is grossly offensive.

    Now I am listening to John Pienar waffling his usual pro labour Bullshit. Thinks that Harperson did wonderfully at PMQs.

    What PMQs was he watching? Cameron showed her up for being a total useless tool!

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  26. 59
    Steve Expat says:

    Diane Abbott confirmed – five runners in the race.

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  27. 60

    Abbot through – so she clinches the deputy leadership post (she will) simply for being fat, female and black. Oh, and a grotesque hypocrite.

    Astounding. Labour really are utterly pathetic. After the past 13 years, it really does take something special to still find ways of digging deeper and deeper into the shitty mire.

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  28. 61
    Foxy says:

    Fox hunting is cruel, hunt celebrities and politicians instead

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  29. 72
    Shamoli Listeria says:

    It makes me sick to my stomach thinking about these bullies & troughers.

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  30. 73
    Cramps says:

    Bogin!

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  31. 74

    [...] selections caused some debate in the blogosphere with Guido Fawkes and Iain Dale questioning our decision to endorse Keith Vaz and Margaret Hodge. On the left, Frank [...]

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