Bercow Surrenders Parliament to the Courts

As John Hemming MP stood up to make a point of order, under parliamentary privilege, having  announced his intention to break a superjunction in advance, he was silenced the Speaker. Twice Hemming tried to stand to make his point and twice he was silenced by Bercow who insisted the matter be discussed privately.

Away from that pesky public eh. 

UPDATE: Hemming has blogged that he sees today as mission accomplished. He broke a gag in Parliament therefore someone, whose name was previously injuncted can now be reported.

Quote of the Day

Fleet Street Fox has her claws out:

Andrew Marr should never work as a journalist again. He probably will, because the BBC can be very stupid like that, but his credibility is shot, his impartiality is gone and his reputation is ruined. If only he’d kept his trousers on, hey?

A Pilgrimage to Westminster

Following exposés by both Guido and the Mail on Sunday into the activities of Jane Pilgrim, pressure is now mounting to make the practise of employing trades union officials full time on the taxpayer illegal. David Morris MP just raised this at today’s Health Questions:

“There have been press reports recently that money earmarked for frontline NHS services is being used by hospitals to pay salaries to Trade Union officials. Does my Rt Hon friend (Andrew Lansley) believe it is acceptable to spend taxpayers’ money on union hatchet people and will he order an urgent investigation.”

The reply came with the usual expectations of “behaving responsibly”. But Pilgrim’s activities did not go unnoticed in parliament and in councils around the country. Plates could well start to move on this issue soon…

Yes’s Disappearing Support

Accountability. Openness. New politics. These are the watch words of the Yes to AV campaign, but are they the watch words of some of the campaign’s most fervent and chatty supporters?

Why have the details of  the Labour Yes Fundraiser with comedian David Schneider been removed from the Yes to Fairer Votes website?

Luckily though the Google Chache has helpfully stored it. How odd.

Flashback – Jan’ 08 : The Story You Won’t Get From Them

Remember this one from January 2008. The shock and horror was quite a sight to see:

With Andrew Marr currently topping the Twitter trends in the UK, that well known Yes2AV campaigner with a superinunction must have shaky hands today while they are stuffing envelopes.

Secretive Marr in Action

As Labourlist point out, here’s Andrew Marr in action, while using the courts to keep discussion of his own life off of the television and out of the papers:

The politics of that story aside, Marr was not the right person to be seeking the truth. Was the BBC officially aware of the conflict of interest?

Marr Decries Injunction

This morning’s ding-ding on the Today program was miles apart from your usual stuffy debate. Ian Hislop tore a chunk from Andrew Marr over his 2008 love child super-injunction

“As a leading BBC interviewer who’s asking politicians about failures in judgment, failures in their private lives, inconsistencies, it was pretty rank of him to have an injunction when acting as an active journalist.”

Just to think, Marr could have spared all that time, money and not to forget damage done to his reputation, if he and Alice Miles’s child had just done the DNA test in the first place. Marr says that injunctions are out of control these days, yet it seems they were fine when he needed one.

Desperate Yes Deploy Mandy

“New Politics” is out of the window over at YES2AV this morning. Desperation has sunk to such a low, that someone in the offic has come to the conclusion that ditching Eddie Izzard and replacing him with Peter Mandelson is a good idea.

The Dark Lord was last seen tapping up Russians for his bond villain wannabe lobbying-venture Global Counsel LLP, but this morning, he has waded into the AV debate:

“Cameron has been forced to intervene, to turn it into an intra-Coalition partisan scrap in order to mobilise Tory support and Tory-supporting newspapers.”

It sounds like someone has had a lot of time out of the loop to come up with theories.

There is no way that Mandelson’s intervention could have gone ahead without clearance from the Yes to Fairer Votes brigade. Any group that attempt to persuade people that AV will make MPs work harder, yet deploy one of the most corrupt MPs in recent history as its poster boy, has to be falling apart. What does an MP who had resign from the cabinet twice know about “working harder”?

UPDATE: It went under the bank-holiday radar, but  Ed Howker has found the printing machine that is producing both YES! campaign literatute and referendeum ballot papers. Katherine Harris would be proud.



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Liz Kendall is asked by Tom Newton Dunn if she would ever ban the Sun from one of her press conferences:

“If you stripped naked and ran in front of me, Tom, I might have second thoughts about it, but apart from that, no.”

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