October 16th, 2013

PMQs SKETCH: Just Press Record and Replay, Week by Week

They’ve decided it’s not worth preparing all morning for it and decided to do this week what they did last week.

If you think there’s “a cost of living crisis” you will have approved of the Opposition leader’s repetitions. He referred to the long term unemployed, the rise in energy prices, the Tory complicity in legislating for green levies, the energy company that has an “obsession with dividends” without being in any way interested in “getting prices down for consumers”?  But he had no answer to the rebuttal.

Cameron called it “same old Labour” but it may not be. Miliband’s price-defying approach hasn’t come to full maturity but it’s shaping up for something more deluded than Labour has attempted in living memory.

What he believes can only be realised by – well, let’s not overstate it – World War III.

Elsewhere on the backbenches: A heavily pregnant Jo Swinson stood at the bar while her equality-conscious male colleagues packed themselves onto the benches. They didn’t want to risk a legal suit by offering her a seat.

Liam Fox pointed out the elastic values of the flexible Left which demand an inquiry when a celebrity’s phone is hacked but feels comfortable with 58,000 secret documents being leaked for the benefit of our suicide-bombing, cyber-savvy, nuclear-armed enemies.

Stephen Hepburn belted out one of the left’s old favourites at enormous volume denouncing the Government as “the political front of hedge funds”.

And Dennis Skinner surprised his detractors with a beautifully modulated plea on behalf of a dying (and now dead) constituent, shamefully treated by the fit-for-work assessment company.

Maybe the Speaker can reduce the front bench exchanges from six to three until something they find something new to say.


  1. 1
    Result says:

    Better Comment B+


  2. 4
    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:

    I am the political front of hedge funds. :)


  3. 5
    Ed Miliband says:

    Spell integrity without the f


  4. 9
    Juvenalian Precariat says:

    With all the good they do, we may as well lock them in and put some zyklon B in there.

    We have the EU now we don’t need them.


  5. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Getting rid of the new guy’s picture doesn’t stop him being boring snoring, or prevent readers recognising him


  6. 11
    Gatwick, Nairobi says:


    • 14
      Anonymous says:

      Well you fuckers are the ones who turned us into a 3rd world shit hole.


    • 16
      JH394823094801233 says:

      Yeah, our airports do resemble the third world these days, don’t they Dennis?

      What has created that situation I wonder.

      ‘Rub their noses in it’, and all that. Not nice when YOU have to experience it too, is it.


    • 18
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Enjoy it while you can, MacShame – Pentonville’s worse.


    • 23
      Fishy says:

      WTF McShame? Are you allowed to leave the country? Haven’t they taken your passport away?

      That said it might be an idea to revoke it while you’re abroad…never to be allowed back in, ever again.


  7. 12
    A nincumpoop says:

    Where’s the sketch-writer when you need him?


  8. 13
    RomaBob...trafficking a kiddie or two.. says:

    If only the left were as respectful as the Tories…….. the Beast of Bolsover please note !!


  9. 15
    Krugtron the Invincible says:

    “What he believes can only be realised by – well, let’s not overstate it – World War III.”

    My sentiments exactly; nothing like a good war, to stimulate the economy! (I’ve told Obama to do the same thing in case the US defaults– it may not do jack for the economy, but if the world is going to end, better it be with a bang than a whimper.)


  10. 17

    Ed is driving up the price of rhetoric.


  11. 20
    Anonymous says:

    It strikes me that Ed Mili’s assertion during PMQ’s that ‘even if you are in work, you are worse off’ is completely the wrong message to be sending. Even if it was within the context of the rising costs of living. He is basically saying you are better off not being in work, how is that in any way an appropriate thing for him to say.


    • 26
      UKIP2020 says:

      Labour created the something for nothing society, From Knighting incompetent bankers, giving massive pay awards to incompetent civil service bosses who go from massively well paid position to massively well paid position, failing abysmally in each and every one of them, to the massive over-funding of the BBC in order for them to fail to be impartial, or to educate or inform, to the middle management civil service who can take 6 months fully paid sick leave and live in Spain while they do it, only returning to the UK for a fortnight each year to work to quailify for the next year’s sick leave. To encouraging unemployed to claim sickness and for the long-term unemployed to be able to claim rents way above those on an average wage could ever afford.

      Something for nothing from the top of society to the bottom and all levels in between. Labour created and encouraged it every step of the way.

      Labour are the party who scream the most, when this something for nothing culture is being tackled, (albeit in a very slow and cowardly manner).


      • 28
        Anonymous says:

        Absolutely. It’s like Miliband was basically saying vote for us if you want to stay better off not in work. It was a completely unacceptable statement regardless of the rising living costs. Did anyone actually notice this???


    • 30
      Anonymous says:

      Er. He is saying that people in work are worse off than they were. So are people on benefits. Good politics. He would be stupid not to use it. Up to Cameron to explain who caused the problem he is trying to solve.


  12. 21
    THEY DO LIKE IT UP E'M says:

    Bit rich of Liam Fox raising questions of national security with regards to the Snowden case
    This from a man who would take his “chum” all over the world to defense related meetings
    and allowed him to be present when only people with security clearance should have been there


    • 24
      Anyone seen my nine-bob note? says:

      I hope that you’re not suggesting that poor Liam should have been asked to carry out his onerous responsibilities on our behalf without the loyal support of his close companion.

      No reasonable person would deny a chap a regular portion of cock up his arse to keep his spirits up.


  13. 22
    Prince Philip says:

    “Maybe the Speaker can reduce the front bench exchanges from six to three until something they find something new to say.”

    Which is pretty rich coming from this blog. Same old two faced whinging based on myopic evidence or downright lies… day in… day out…day in…day out…


    • 31
      grrr says:

      If you dont like it then piss off


      • 32
        Prince Philip says:

        But its such mentally unchallenging read. Still, I expect there will be detailed court reporting over the next couple of weeks. After all, this blog is run by ‘fearless’ and ‘independent’ people.


  14. 27
    Jimmy says:

    “They’ve decided it’s not worth preparing all morning for it and decided to do this week what they did last week.”

    They’re not the only ones are they.


  15. 33
    Radio Bollocks says:

    Jobs for the boys – always been the same. When I was there it was even worse. At least we have the Bercows to liven things up. Remember the GREAT days, Shagging PMs, Keeler and Russian spies!


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