March 3rd, 2014

Julian Lewis Pulls Ahead in Defence Select Committee Bunfight
Old Etonian Baggage Hampering Rory Stewart

It’s fitting that the race to become the next chairman of the Defence Select Committee is shaping up to be a bruising battle. The vote to find a Tory replacement for outgoing James Arbuthnot is still two months away, but already blows are being traded.

Plucky backbencher Rory Stewart has the expertise as a former Deputy Governor of a region of Iraq after the 2003 invasion, but many colleagues are loathe to award a plum job to yet another Old Etonian. While Colonel Bob Stewart’s credentials are obvious, his “another gin and tonic?” club style has put colleagues off the one-time frontrunner.

Now a new candidate has emerged: Bercow’s campaign manager Julian Lewis. A strong campaigner against CND hippies before becoming an MP, Lewis is one of the loudest voices for keeping our Trident nuclear deterrent. His voting with Miliband against intervening in Syria last summer is earning him plenty of crucial support from Labour MPs.

Gentleman, you can’t fight in here, this is the war room…


  1. 1
    Oy Vey ! says:

    FTSE 100 6675.54
    -134.16 -1.97%

    Cor Blimey !

  2. 2
    still walking into darkness says:

    Seriously, what is the point of a defence committee when we’ve got a massively depleted and depleting defence force. We’re in the EU army now if nobody else has noticed.

  3. 3
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, & other Wasters says:

    Yes it should be renamed as the UK Gnat Bite committee, our defence capability is a joke now and Putin is laughing.

  4. 4
    Select the Committee says:

    Lewis sounds the best man for the job.

  5. 5
    cornwall storms says:

    hmmm not sure that ‘voting with militwit’ is anything to write home about !

  6. 6
    Frau Merkel says:

    That looks like the sofa in Dave’s kitchen.

  7. 7
    Harriet Harmskids says:

    A long, long time ago
    I can still remember how NCCL meetings used to make me smile
    And I knew if I had my chance
    That I could make those people dance
    And maybe they’d be happy for a while

    But February made me shiver
    With every campaign leaflet I’d deliver
    Bad news on the doorstep
    I couldn’t take one more step

    I can’t remember if I lied
    When I was asked about those guys
    But something touched me deep inside
    The day my career died

    So bye-bye, it’s all thanks to PIE
    I was caught out, and so I had to just lie
    And them 9 year old boys were being fucked left and right
    Screamin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
    And it’s all because of PIE”

  8. 8
    Soggy in Somerset says:

  9. 9
    EU no hope and not wanted here says:

    EU army with 27 countries the only real military now is Poland, the other one that had a force have gone over to drones and sacked most of them and are going over to territorials, that’s because the EU doesn’t trust the British military

  10. 10
    Recent History says:

  11. 11
    Jack Ketch says:

    Are you sure that it is not the tripartite ConLabLimps who are the one’s afraid of the British Military? It is the armed forces who have a duty to effect a coup and eject the Traitors of Westminster.

  12. 12
    Harriet says:

    Don’t forget about little ol’ me…

  13. 13
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    and the Pound is down 1.28% against the Russian Rouble, looks like we have chosen to support the wrong side….again!

  14. 14
    Sir William Wayde says:

    So MPs vote for these people purely according to whether they like them? Competence, energy and sound policies aren’t considered important?

  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    That test went well then. UK found wanting.

  16. 16
    Sir William Wayde says:

    The ‘payload’ is the explosive inside a missile, not the missiles themselves.

  17. 17
    One who works at sea says:

    Hate to pop your bubble but this is what the article stated
    “In a calculated test of Britain’s reduced naval capacity in the North Sea, the Russian warship came within 30 miles of the coast.”

    1) 30nm is not in the Moray Firth
    2) 30nm is in International waters
    3) 30nm means any vessel has the “right of free passage” (look it up)
    4) Compulsory vessel reporting to shore only completed in Dover strait areas.
    5) Its common for warships to be monitored by aircraft only even Russian ones

    *NM = Nautical miles

    Other than that fucking good post.

  18. 18
    Disalusioned patriot says:

    I really don’t see the point in having armed forces anymore let alone nukes.
    To protect us from whom? the fuzzy wuzzies?
    Too fucking late they are here in their millions.
    A better way to protect the British public nowdays would be to spend it on more coppers on the street and expand fraud investigation tenfold.

  19. 19
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    Wm.H. is giving away more tax payers money? Who gave the f*cker permission to do that?

  20. 20
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    At least the RN did not surrender, as they did for the Iranians a few years ago :)

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    It will have been tracked by satellite anyway.

  22. 22
    Ebay? says:

    Did we ever get our boats back?

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    That is the way the whole country is being run. As long as you can tick a box, and pass the problem on, you are a winner. We have no ability to react to the abnormal.

    Look at the floods.

    Even if you believe in Climate Change the amount of rain was still within historic data variations. The only information that CC gives us is that it will be more often.

    What is wrong with this country is that we set expectations that do not reflect nature or the will of other. We seem to want to project our short observations of life onto others and nature. We are therefore disappointed when the opposition does not conform to our models.

    It is the modern UK mental disease. Putin is not normal.

  24. 24
    Gerbil 7 says:

    Unfortunately, not many are interested in the truth.

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    Rory Stewart has had a very bizarre career to date and seems to be incredibly pleased with himself. Since the Defence Select Committee is supposed to grip the MOD, it is hard to see what Rory would bring to the party other than a host of excellent anecdotes.
    Julian Lewis does at least have a long history of interest in and focus on the MOD / Defence.
    I seem to recall James Arbuthnot asking some very pertinent questions in his day.

  26. 26
    M­­a­q­bo­ul says:

    A little taste of what an independent Scotland might expect when they ditch their nuclear deterrent. Can’t help feeling Cameron set this up by leaving a back door open.

  27. 27

    The Russkies have raised interest rates to support the Rouble. Soft money piling in for a quick profit.

  28. 28

    The committee probably has more members that the Navy has ships.

  29. 29

    However, voting to stop another damn-fool vanity war is.

  30. 30
    Gamer Geek says:

    Adam Holloway? he would be awesome.

  31. 31

    did the Russians sink any fishing boats like the last time they sailed that way?

  32. 32

    Mr Lewis is a very competent MP who has the misfortune to be a true conservative in a social democrat-led party. He should have had a ministerial appointment by now.

  33. 33
    C O (Ξ3) says:

    Coalition economic recovery over – part 1.

  34. 34
    Window licker watch says:

    The invasion of this blog by the unified forces of the Retarded Federation is nearly complete. They vow to never leave and reserve the right to defend their window licker brothers and their interests.

  35. 35
    whippet says:

    Ooh I know, I know it!
    Bye bye Miss NCCL PIE?

  36. 36
    The Cumbrian says:

    Please give Rory” The Tory” Stewart a miss please. His career seems to be based on a selection of his own recollections. He regaled his constituency with tales of his military service in Iraq as a army officer until we discovered his service was 9 months as a suck it and see commission with an outward bound course the nearest to active service. He wasn’t appointed as a deputy governor in Iraq he turned up and volunteered, but Rory never lets the facts get in the way of a good story about himself.

  37. 37

    He needs outing as a ‘ walt ‘ on the AARSE website .

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    That’s because he is!

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Bit odd if they replaced one old Etonian with another.

  40. 40
    Tim Yeo-yo says:

    He already has. The MoD know he’s a Walt and they know Bonking Bob is a non-starter. I’ve been on the piss with him a couple of times and I think a grown up job is probably beyond him.

  41. 41
    Not supporting the BBC's charity. says:

    I like Rory.

  42. 42
    'Arrow Comp says:

    Not Florence of Belgravia please

  43. 43
    Cumbrian says:

    As a poor constituent of the non-conservative/Conservative leftie: Rory Stewart, am still hoping that he will not stand at the next election. Need someone to represent me, and this chap does just what he wants without regard to his constituents’ views, so needs no more poor – please!

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