May 14th, 2014

PMQs LIVE: Save Ed Edition

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Jonathan Edwards (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

Q2 Iain McKenzie (Inverclyde) 

Q3 Stephen McPartland (Stevenage) 

Q4 Alex Cunningham (Stockton North)

Q5 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West) 

Q6 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire) 

Q7 Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East) 

Q8 Mark Hendrick (Preston)

Q9 Dr Eilidh Whiteford (Banff and Buchan) 

Q10 Richard Harrington (Watford)

Q11 Mr Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr) 

Q12 Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde)

Comments in the comments please…


138 Comments

  1. 1
    Time 2 CTRL, ALT & DEL says:

    GF -there used to be a “save ed” tag on this blog – what has happened to it?

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    • 89
      Old Nick Heavenly says:

      Oi, Guido, I am not getting enough likes. I want to be able to like my comments lots of times, lots and lots!

      Liked by 1 person

      • 116
        Village Idiot says:

        ….Personally I do not care if someone ,”likes” my comment or not,it does not affect anything,and, I do not understand why there is this thing “to be liked”,…it smacks of insecurity,or blowing ones trumpet,and,like ed, seeking praise! What about,in the interests of balance,a “dislike” thingy as well?..Worlds gone mad!

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        • 124
          broderick crawford says:

          Is the use of the epithet “Liked” a dogwhistle code for “(We) Like Ed” ?

          I suppose someone has to assuage his feelings of perennial angst and constant insecurity not to mention the nadir -like level of his own self esteem ( specially after 12.33pm on a Wednesday afternoon )

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      • 131
        Ned Ludd says:

        Lick this

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  2. 2
    Bill says:

    Ms Whiteford will undoubtedly be probing the PM on the “poll”

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    • 125
      broderick crawford says:

      Probing on the ” poll” ??

      Is that a practice with which Max was acquainted before his ” internment “?

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  3. 3
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    PMQs isn’t until 12 noon.

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  4. 4
    Alok Sharma Supporters Club says:

    Khalid Mahmood, always in a bad mood.

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  5. 5
    táxpáyér says:

    Seems demographically abundant number of questions for not-enagland.
    Wales
    Scotland
    England
    England
    Wales
    England
    England
    England
    Scotland
    England
    England-stan
    Scotland

    With independence for scotland and wales there’d be a lot fewer problems to solve.

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  6. 6
    meat and two veg says:

    I’ve just politely asked in my local Sainsbury’s
    which of their meat was halal and the staff ran
    round like unstunned headless chickens.

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    • 61
      I'm a dinner jacket says:

      I hope they gave you a kosher reply.

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      • 101
        Anonymous says:

        I can see a lot of people filling their supermarket trolley completely full with meat, then asking at the counter if it is halal, when they reply it is, then you are perfectly enetitled to refuse to buy it.

        If everyone did this, there would be merry hell in the supermarkets.

        Once tens of thousands of people do this every day, then the supermarkets would get the message…

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        • 107
          Anonymous says:

          And there is no doubt that this would result in a huge problem for the supermarkets viz:- can we afford to lose “tens of thousands ” customers?
          Their usual re-action to troublesome customers is to ban them.

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        • 108
          well said says:

          Great idea.
          The only reason the supermarkets and restaurants have been able
          to get away with this is because Brits don’t usually like making a fuss.

          But we’re passionate about animal welfare and don’t like people taking
          the piss.Supermarkets have been banging on for years about free-range,
          well sourced products and then sneak in halal meat behind our backs.
          Enough is enough.

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          • Clear as day says:

            It’s a great idea. It wouldn’t take many people to bring an entire superstore to a standstill, one person at each checkout….

            This is the only way the public can make their feelings known.

            Government is simply not interested. They are apologists for halal meat. Unless there is some kind of green subsidy for them or one of their windmill companies of which they are a director, they are simply not interested.

            Cameron will inherit his father in laws windmill farm which earns £750k pa. That says it all.

            Cameron cannot be trusted and is a liar.

            The UKs economic performance is picking up, but this is in spite of the Government, not because of them. I include all of the liblabcon in this sense.

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        • 126
          broderick crawford says:

          Yes they would get the message i e they would all of them go over to halal meat then we d have no fecking choice !

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          • mine's a pint says:

            Support your local butcher.
            They will usually know exactly where the
            meat comes from and where/how it is slaughtered.
            You may pay slightly more,but you’ll get much better
            quality and peace of mind.

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  7. 7
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Miliband and Labour should be leading the call for the government to abolish the telly tax in order to ease the cost of living for the poor.

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    • 12
      Buju Banton says:

      Why don’t you get a job and pay the licence?

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      • 15
        jgm2 says:

        What? Pay to be lied to?

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      • 17
        Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

        Grow a pair and stop paying the telly tax.

        I haven’t paid it for 9 years.

        I still get the odd letter addressed to “The Legal Occupier”, but as i know of no such person i burn them in the fireplace :-)

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        • 137
          Bob c untface Crow says:

          Exactly mate,the fucking public winge on but do fuck all and still pay it,it needs a concerted effort of non payment.take us all to court you fucking scum. Im in.

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    • 20
      The Lone Ranger says:

      I would have “liked” this, but I get some stupid popup telling me to log on. WTF?

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      • 22
        Patience says:

        Ignore it – it’ll disappear one day, anyway.

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      • 23
        Tachybaptus says:

        Don’t break the ranks of stalwart indifference. Apart from some sad toady who ‘likes’ the first comment of some posts, no one has ‘liked’ anything here.

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      • 127
        broderick crawford says:

        yeah .. apparently you have to be a member if wordpress and then when you become a member and log in with your p/word etc …… the screen goes blank.

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    • 40
      Anonymous says:

      It will go. What’ll come in its place is an internet user tax.

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  8. 8
    is bbc cheap as chips says:

    giving UKIP usual roasting

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    • 35
      United and Fascist says:

      We’re off to throw some more bricks at UKIP MEP’s houses. Up the workers!

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      • 96
        don't make me laugh says:

        Just had my Private Eye delivered-
        with a predictable anti-UKIP cover.
        It’s a shame my kids will grow up thinking
        a once-great magazine is part of the
        establishment.

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  9. 9
    Ed Mili says:

    I don’t ask real questions. They are statements badly disguised.

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    • 14
      jgm2 says:

      I think Ed’s latest plunge in the polls is entirely due to his proclamation of being an intellectual Titan.

      The British are famously reserved and modest. When some tongue-tied, lisping, flabby-nosed prick proclaims himself a genius they take an instant dislike.

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      • 16
        The Diary of Owen Jones aged 13¾ says:

        Hey! That’s my dad you’re talking about

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      • 46
        Fishy says:

        Titanic, not Titan, jgm2

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      • 104
        Swine on Benefit says:

        Cameron was not created by private education. he was an extremely able O and A level student who obtained a first class honours degree from Oxford. His tutor, Vernon Bogdanor (a liberal) said he was one of the ablest students he had ever taught.

        Miliband poses as a “horny handed son of toil” patronising the Great Unwashed. Sitting in a “pub” discussing Labour’s Promised Land with “ordinary” people but not a pint in sight, has been certified as second rate in comparison.

        As we live in a Presidential age where much depends upon the PM and Leader. Miliband is deemed as a lame little prick and far too ugly to ever be PM.

        Trust the Ladies’ vote, gentlemen, they will not fall for Labour’s little “Rubber-Faced Tosser”

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      • 138
        Skint.org.eu says:

        When Lord Mandelcrook called Ed a titan, he didn’t mean intellectually.

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  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Wonder if Bercow will shoe-horn his mate Julian Lewis in again as today is the vote for Defence Committee Chair

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  11. 11
    Anon & Voting for UKIP ORG says:

    Please Note after PMQ’s then Urgent Questions

    There is the following :-
    Ten Minute Rule Motion
    Food Labelling (Sugar Content) – Keith Vaz

    In the interests of Public Health its advisable to either press the OFF button
    on the Remote Control or go to ANOTHER TV channel PDQ !!!!!!………

    Of course making certain there is no one of a nervious disposition still viewing
    this utter fcuking Zanu*Lie*Labor slime bag pontificating for his own nefarous ends & no one else…..

    Thank you for your attention…..

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    • 97
      why is this too much to ask says:

      Food Labelling (Sugar Content)

      What about Food Labelling ( Halal/Non Halal Slaughter)?

      British consumers demand the choice.

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      • 114
        Anonymous says:

        Fill the troily with different meat, and demand to be told at the check out if it is halal or not ?

        Any that is halal might accidentally drop on the floor and then be unsellable….

        If you do nothing, nothing will happen.

        Where are the fcuking RSPCA in all this….. Yes they prosecute some old lady who can’t look after her 10 cats quicker than you can say “direct debit donation”.

        But ask the RSPCA to get involved in the ritualistic slaughter of millions of animals and two faced b#stards are nowhere… Nowhere to be seen.

        Silence from the RSPCA……………………….

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  12. 13
    The Gunpowder says:

    So NOW you want comments Guido.

    Well, you have changed your tune from last night.

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  13. 18
    Not in my name says:

    Does anybody in the real world take any notice of PM Q’S?

    Result of straw poll in my office:(current population 26 and falling)

    Yes: 1

    No: 2

    Don’t give a feck: everyone else

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    • 21
      The Lone Ranger says:

      No.

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    • 115
      Anonymous says:

      Ask them how they a’re going to vote ?

      I would ask the 26 in my office in London but I’m only 1 of 3 who is entitled to vote. The rest are foreigners not from the EU.

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  14. 19
    Ed Balls says:

    Everyone be nice about me or I’ll start crying.

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    • 30
      Podiceps says:

      Probably the last time an MP cried in the House was way back in the 19th century, and even then it would have been faked with an onion to add pathos to a speech.

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      • 128
        broderick crawford says:

        Call Johnnie Rae the Crying Fifties Crooner .

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        • 132
          Ned Ludd says:

          Ah, Johnnie Rae (Ray?), whose career came to an untimely end when, on a British tour, he was caught cottaging. Somehow, the bobby-soxers lost interest. No super-injunctions in those days, of course.

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  15. 24
    The wandering Europhile says:

    William Hague is in the house

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  17. 26
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    Humble PIE ?

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  18. 27
    Fye Zer says:

    The EU tells us what to do, not the brits

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  19. 28
    Take the cash says:

    Here’s a comment for Guido…

    You’ve sold out.

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  20. 29
    OO says:

    Ed looks more like Wallace every week

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  21. 32
    Britain's Obama watch says:

    Chuka has been promoted to sit at the front.

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  22. 33
    Grim says:

    Have Pfizer a tablet to wake me up after this debate between two numpties?

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  23. 34
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    The short answer Dave is: No.

    What an utter wanker.

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  24. 36
    nabidana says:

    Brilliant idea from Milibottler here – let’s have an obscure argument about a corporate takeover the week before an election

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  25. 37
    nabidana says:

    Has Milibottler had a little blue pill? And if not, should he take a little brown one?

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  26. 38
    Mitch says:

    Tha fact is that Cameron doesn’t have any meaningful guarantees from Pfiezer.

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    • 42
      UK is a free country says:

      And why should he?

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      • 53
        Mitch says:

        If the UK Prime Minister is indifferent to UK companies and UK jobs then he is useless. That’s another fact.

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        • 59
          C O (Ξ7s1) says:

          Those decisions are made in Europe by the competition commission.

          Assurances are not legally binding. So even if he did have assurances there are no guarantees.

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          • Mitch says:

            That’s exactly the point I’m making.

            Cameron has no guarantees and cannot get them. He knows that he should, but also knows that he can’t. That’s why he’s useless.

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          • C O (Ξ7s1) says:

            Was not disagreeing with your point.

            The real point on uselessness of Prime Minister on this issue is that he not only does not have power to do anything, he cannot legislate for such powers either.

            Useless today and useless tomorrow.

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          • Mitch says:

            Agreed. Any other PM would be just as useless.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Cameron is particularly useless.

            Furthermore he is dangerous and a liar.

            Why can’t he say that getting any guarantee is an EU competence, and UK government doesn’t have that power any more….

            But no, Cameron and the rest of govt lie on purpose and hide this fact…..

            That they lie about the EUs involvement, and the MSM say nothing….. Nothing, says it all.

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      • 55
        Maqb­oul says:

        Quite. Why would the PM be dealing with, and getting guarantees (aka bribes) from, a multinational company which need not do anything other than follow the laws of this land?

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        • 65
          Erm.. says:

          “the laws of this land” are supposed in part to protect UK companies and their employees. That is surely a significant purpose of UK law?

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          • 40 years of hurt says:

            You’re a stranger in these parts?

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          • Maqb­oul says:

            Not to “protect” them from the free market. It is the free market which provided those jobs in the first place, not government. Once government starts to cherry pick what it likes and doesn’t like the market is no longer free and investors will start looking elsewhere.

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          • Anonymous says:

            But UK law doesn’t apply here, in this issue we have surrenderrd control to EU laws.

            That is the point.

            The public dont realise how few laws are controlled by our own government any more….

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      • 60
        Erm.. says:

        You would, of course, welcome your own job being taken offshore in order for your employer to enjoy the freedom to save money?

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        • 74
          BOE says:

          If industry is not competitive in Britain then industry will not come to Britain. The protectionism you urge will only create long term job losses.

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          • Mitch says:

            You would, therefore, happily take a 60% pay cut because your job can be done at that price in India or Vietnam?

            Competing with sweat-shops is not a legitimate aim of a modern, civilised economy.

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          • Maqb­oul says:

            The work is done in Britain because that is where the skills are. We’re not talking making flip-flops here.

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        • 91
          Maqb­oul says:

          Unless you’ve worked outside the UK you really don’t understand just how much work there is there. In most countries, where there is protectionism, cronyism and rampant corruption well paid jobs are scarce. So scarce that they become commodities in their own right and it is customary to get such positions by paying for them, should you get the opportunity. 3 months salary is about the norm.

          You may have wondered why foreigners are trying to get to the UK by the boatload, in the backs of lorries or on foot. Well if you’ve been to where they came from you’d understand.

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  27. 39
    Miliband doesn't get it says:

    FFS. The whole point of merging companies is to reduce overheads and merge departments. Of course jiobs will go short term. but so what if the result is a stronger birth

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    • 68
      Maqb­oul says:

      The usual aim means more efficiency and higher profits therefore more tax revenue. The productive workers have little to fear, as you point out, it is the overpaid shiny pants, non-productive, corporate carpet dwellers in the head office who get the push.

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      • 76
        Google, Amazon, Starbucks and a shedload of other cunts says:

        “More tax revenue”.

        Are you sure that you know how these things work?

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      • 77
        Anonymous says:

        It’s also about economies of scale – no matter how good a worker you are, you can still fall foul of that.

        This is not a criticism, just enlightenment.

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      • 136
        Beness says:

        Productive workers have lots to fear. Accountants only see bottom line. If they can get it cheaper they will and stuff things like Health and welfare of the wealth creators as long as the stuff gets out.

        But if there is to be no work force sooner or later there will be no customers. Workers buy stuff too.

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  28. 41
    nabidana says:

    Christ, Balls is losing hair faster than Milibottler is losing voters

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    • 99
      helpful suggestion says:

      Perhaps he could use the £50,000 the Crystal Rev
      bunged him for a hair transplant?

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    • 129
      broderick crawford says:

      he s not LOSING hair , the missus PULLED it out durinG kast night s argument .

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  29. 43
    nabidana says:

    Tory MPs calling from more from Miliband. Quite right!

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  30. 44
    BBC won't ask... says:

    How exactly can Cameron stop the takeover?
    Maybe Miliband can explain……

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    • 120
      Anonymous says:

      Neither Cameron or Milliband want to explain 9 days before the EU elections that the EU controls these laws…

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      • 122
        Anonymous says:

        And nor do the compliant and complicit MSM want. to explain it either.

        Fcuking traitors the lot of them.

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  31. 45
    nabidana says:

    Jeremy Hunt looks like he’s just shat himself but hopes nobody’s noticed.

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  32. 48
    nabidana says:

    Key indications of loyalty to Cameron returning: More blue ties in the chamber than at any time since 1987.

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  33. 50
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    Have there not been problems with the assurances of compensation money being paid out to those affected by the floods ?

    K’ent for example has not seen much since Cameron gave his assurances there.

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  34. 51
    time stood still says:

    FFS. The Cornish harbours were built to ship in coal and ship out tin. That trade no longer exists. Rebuilding centuries old harbours left to go to ruin is subsidising an industry that no longer exists and is just an exercise in stopping time..

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    • 56
      splash123z says:

      Will no-one think of the tourists?

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      • 102
        Cornish pasty says:

        I’d rather money was spent rebuilding West Country harbours to
        cope with the demands of the 21st C,than on discredited and
        unpopular vanity projects like HS2.

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        • 121
          Village Idiot says:

          ….Tourism probably makes up for “Lost Industries”..so, worth preserving the heritage!

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          • Cornish pasty says:

            People in the West Country would rather have proper
            jobs than seasonal ones. Then maybe they could afford
            some of the properties being snapped up as second homes
            by rich BBC and celebrity hypocrites.

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  35. 54
    Rubber ring. says:

    I that old bluffer Skinner wanting to ask a question or are his johnny giles playing up a bit?

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  36. 58
    Witty Moniker says:

    Did I hear Militwat accuse Cameron of having an ideology?

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    That’s a good one.

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  37. 62
    Tedious says:

    Oh Christ, how humiliating from McCarthy

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  38. 63
    Twitter tsar crashes and burns says:

    Kerry got that one badly wrong. Dave has always said that Barlow must pay ALL the money back.

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  39. 69
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    SKY have stooped coverage of PMQs because Miliband and Labour are getting a hammering by Cameron :-)

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  40. 83
    Robinson N says:

    MILIBAND FAIL !

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  41. 87
    Bumsexy Cameron says:

    Is Nigel asking Dave out on a date ?

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  42. 93
    nabidana says:

    David Amess MP asking a question on animals dying in war. I suspect nobody saw that coming except the Order Paper writer

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    • 94
      Taxpayer says:

      What a tosser. He may as well admit he is redundant and hand his salary back to the treasury.

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  43. 103
    Rob Roy says:

    An independent Scotland would not tell Pfizer to sling its hook.

    An independent Scotland would welcome and encourage new overseas investment. It would not favor the status quo.

    Yet another reason for an independent Scotland.

    Roll on cross border economic competition in a free market.

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  44. 105
    Fatty Pang and His Four Pensions says:

    anyone for oysters?

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  45. 106
    Kinnochio says: - says:

    FAO Ed-too-busy-campaigning-to-see-Pfizer Miliband.

    “I am telling you, no matter how entertaining, how fulfilling to short-term egos you can’t play politics with people’s jobs and with people’s services or with their homes.”

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  46. 130
    broderick crawford says:

    I heard Mother Martha on the World at One saying this will be the last PMQ before the Euro elections next Thursday ?

    Are the dolce vita bandits giving themselves another week off ? What for — canvassing ?? Wouldn t waste the shoe leather !

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