Speaker Sexism Row: Bercow’s “Washing Machine” Jibe

 

John Bercow is facing accusations of sexism after comparing Esther McVey to a domestic appliance. The Standard reports:

He intervened when the former GMTV presenter and Wirral West MP was giving her 14th response during a work and pensions session to a question on mental health. But to the surprise of MPs, Mr Bercow then interjected: “I am reminded of the feeling when one thinks the washing machine will stop — but it does not!”

It led Ealing North Labour MP Stephen Pound to say: “A washing machine metaphor for a woman minister is seldom a good idea. Let’s see how he spins his way out of this one!”

While Angie Bray, Conservative MP for Ealing Central and Acton, also voiced consternation about the Speaker’s comment. “That’s unnecessarily rude. I’m not sure it’s for him to criticise the style in which she chooses to answer her questions,” she said.

Last year Bercow criticised other MPs for being “sexist, snobbish, yobbish” at PMQs. Once again the Speaker falls short of the standards he sets for others…

Jihadi Baddie Brillo’d

 

Asim Qureshi, Jihadi John’s friend at CAGE, has been masquerading as the self-appointed voice of moderate Islam on the airwaves this week. Last night he was on This Week, where time and time again he refused to answer Andrew Neil’s question about whether he thought adulterers should be stoned to death. Worth watching to the end for the Portillo slapdown…

Via via @liarpoliticians

UKIP Candidate’s Song For David Cameron


Mandy Boylett, UKIP PPC for Stockton North, has a musical message for the Prime Minister. It’s her very own version of Chiquita by Abba…

Sky News Budget Rap Battle

 

Sky News have kicked off the countdown to this month’s Budget with an epic MC showdown between Osborne and Balls. Who will the crowd cheer loudest for?

Jim Murphy Is Laughing At You

A bizarrely hypnotic ten minute video of Jim Murphy laughing:


Question is: Why did the cybernats make it?

Holy War: Watch Our Boys Blow Up Evil ISIS Scum

 

The MoD say in a statement:

“In the early hours of Friday 27 February, an RAF Tornado GR4 patrol conducted reconnaissance to the north-west of Haditha. An ISIL armoured personnel carrier was located, and destroyed with a Brimstone missile.”

Where’s your God now?

Gobby Gets Gobbied

Michael Crick chases UKIP’s comms chief Paul “Gobby” Lambert down the road in Margate: “Are you going to resign, Mr Lambert?”

Miliband Speaks on #TheDress

ITV bringing us all the big issues…

Read all about the big internet story of the day here.

Week in 60 Seconds: Sleaze, Greens and Sexy Balls

Via Daily Politics

[…]

+ READ MORE +

CAGE Spokesman at Extremist Rally: “Support the Jihad of Our Brothers!”

 

Asim Qureshi, the “research director” at “human rights” organisation CAGE, is all over the airwaves describing Jihadi John as a “victim” this afternoon. This video from 2006 shows Qureshi, when he had hair, addressing a Hizb Ut-Tahrir rally outside […]

+ READ MORE +

Balls: I’m “A Long Slow-Burner” In Bed

Apologies if you’re in the middle of your breakfast, but here is Ed Balls on his sexual prowess on LBC:

 

Watch to the end to hear him flirting with a caller…[…]

+ READ MORE +

Natalie Bennett Apologises to Green Party Members

 

Fair play to Natalie Bennett, who has refreshingly held her hands up and admitted she had a ‘mare on LBC earlier. It was the car crash to end all car crashes, but good for her for being honest.[…]

+ READ MORE +



Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

Labour’s Austin Mitchell muses on the campaign:

“What’s the problem? No use pointing at the leader. Too late to change and unnecessary for Miliband is doing well at Question Time. His problem is connecting with the real world. He doesn`t speak people and his protective team of naive kids are playing West Wing rather than letting the leader relate to real people. We could point at the party, shrunk in numbers and enthusiasm because everything, from policy formulation to candidate selection, comes top down rather than bubbling up from below so campaigning becomes the opium of members deprived of any real role, though they`re not even sure what they’re campaigning about, with or for, but its role is marginal.”

Top Posts This Week

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.

Facebook

Page 3 Totty Back in Print Page 3 Totty Back in Print
Martin Freeman on Private Healthcare Martin Freeman on Private Healthcare
GREENPEACE POLL: MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WANT FRACKING GREENPEACE POLL: MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WANT FRACKING
#Guido4Bucks #Guido4Bucks
FANCY DEPORTING FARAGE? FANCY DEPORTING FARAGE?
GUARDIAN ELECTION DEBATE MASH-UP GUARDIAN ELECTION DEBATE MASH-UP

Chuka Flashback: People Like Zero-Hours Contracts Chuka Flashback: People Like Zero-Hours Contracts
SMART METER PROGRAMME’S DIGITAL ACTIVITY WASTE SMART METER PROGRAMME’S DIGITAL ACTIVITY WASTE
MASK SLIPS FROM GREENPEACE ‘HEALTH CHARITY’ FRONT MASK SLIPS FROM GREENPEACE ‘HEALTH CHARITY’ FRONT
PM Gets Last Word On Thursday PM Gets Last Word On Thursday
FOXY BARONESS’ WEBSITE BORKED FOXY BARONESS’ WEBSITE BORKED
Labour: The Party of Benefits Labour: The Party of Benefits
GOVERNMENT DIGITAL SERVICE BEATS MICROSOFT INTO SUBMISSION GOVERNMENT DIGITAL SERVICE BEATS MICROSOFT INTO SUBMISSION
EUROPOL CHIEF: SNAPCHAT GREATEST TERRORIST THREAT EUROPOL CHIEF: SNAPCHAT GREATEST TERRORIST THREAT
Sky News Ballot Ballad Sky News Ballot Ballad
WATCH: UKIP Pledge Card Revealed WATCH: UKIP Pledge Card Revealed
Mini Wars Mini Wars
OZZIE NUMPTY EMAILS DAVID CAMERON’S PASSPORT NUMBER TO ASIAN FOOTBALLERS OZZIE NUMPTY EMAILS DAVID CAMERON’S PASSPORT NUMBER TO ASIAN FOOTBALLERS
Hell? Yes Hell? Yes
Cameron’s Last Speech in Downing Street (Before the Election) Cameron’s Last Speech in Downing Street (Before the Election)
Free Sun Advertising On the BBC Free Sun Advertising On the BBC
Downing Street Fighting Like Cats and Dogs Downing Street Fighting Like Cats and Dogs
Lucy Powell Falls Apart Under Questioning Lucy Powell Falls Apart Under Questioning
Feminist Jazz Hands Explained Feminist Jazz Hands Explained
WALTER MITTY CV OF ANTI-FRACKING CANDIDATE WALTER MITTY CV OF ANTI-FRACKING CANDIDATE
Cassetteboy v Cameron and Farage Cassetteboy v Cameron and Farage
MICROSOFT SHAKES DOWN PUBLIC SECTOR FOR DOSH MICROSOFT SHAKES DOWN PUBLIC SECTOR FOR DOSH
WATCH: Toby Young Skewers Labour Zero Hours Contract Attack Line WATCH: Toby Young Skewers Labour Zero Hours Contract Attack Line
MAIL TRICKED INTO QUOTING BATMAN FILM IN PLANE CRASH COVERAGE MAIL TRICKED INTO QUOTING BATMAN FILM IN PLANE CRASH COVERAGE
ANTI-FRACKING PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE WANTED TO WORK FOR FRACKERS ANTI-FRACKING PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE WANTED TO WORK FOR FRACKERS