Don’t try this at home. Suspected broken ribs. Nice sympathetic chanting…
UPDATE: Lembit is a bit snarky:
From: SWAYNE, Desmond
Sent: 23 May 2012 10:58
Given the ‘shivers’ of Christine Lagarde I hope you will agree with me that it will be appropriate for Ed Milliband to be greeted when he rises for the first time (there are no tributes to-day) with vociferous demands for an apology.
Last week we rather dried up as the half hour wore on, and comrades at the end of the order paper did not enjoy as vociferous support as they deserved, nor the PM’s responses to them: Please show sufficient stamina for full half hour.
Free hits on business successes from your constituencies are welcome.
The week before it was
From: SWAYNE, Desmond
Sent: 16 May 2012 10:45
There are 2 free hits, but there may be more at the end as it is a relatively short order paper to-day.
I anticipate lots of LoL gags so let’s have a protective wall of sound. If Ed even grudgingly acknowledges anything positive in to-day’s unemployment figures then instantaneously bring down the roof ‘yereyereyere…”. Notwithstanding the unemployment figures I anticipate the main attack will be ‘recession made in downing street … eurozone avoided UK double dip … etc’ so can we have lots of positive endorsements of our strategy using local examples of export success/expansion.
We know this is a game played by both sides. It is embarrassing to see it in print. Another little sign that discipline is breaking down on Tory backbenches.
Labour Uncut observes the Lobby’s tweeting groupthink…
“while twitter generates pressures that make the lobby more politically independent of their employers, paradoxically, it makes the individual journalists much more alike. The tenor and judgement of tweets reacting to events are remarkably similar across the lobby.
One thing you will never see: two lobby journalists tearing into each other on twitter. Bloggers, yes. Lobby, no.
The net impact of twitter has been to embed an even higher level of groupthink amongst the political journalists, and most important of all, to make this hive-mind view public, on a minute by minute basis.”
What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts
Labour are the Biggest Losers | Phil Collins
Diane Abbott on the Daily Politics:
“Labour MPs will unite behind Ed Miliband, once we find out what our policies are.”