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The Speaker didn’t take too kindly to being reminded of the time he launched a four-letter tirade at the Clerk of the House by Michael Fabricant this afternoon. The chamber was stunned to silence and poor Bercow didn’t know quite how to respond as the expletive made its way into Hansard:
A Clinton-esque reply from Bercow, giving himself just enough wriggle room. Of course Fabbers was technically wrong that Bercow told Robert Rogers to “*.*.*.* off”. Guido understands the full quote was: “F**k off Robert, can’t you see we haven’t finished yet…”
New rail minister Claire Perry showed she is well on top of her new brief as she left Downing Street this afternoon, sharing her good news with assembled news crews in style. As ever, Guido put it to music:
Come on, baby, do the locomotion!
The funniest thing that happened during the reshuffle:
Handled with consummate professionalism, as ever…
“I will confess that I spent more of last week at the Test match than I did in my office.”
Those who wish to deny freedom for Scotland have so far failed to convince in terms of the emotional argument, so they could do worse than listen to this “passionate highlander” on Question Time last night:
Mesmerised Ed got lost in Yvette’s words as she spoke at the despatch box earlier. Well, he was checking something out anyway. Guido thought he would put their touching moment to music:
“You’re everything that I see…”
“This video clearly shows the steps taken by the IDF to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza being undermined by Hamas.
IDF aircraft targets a building with a loud but non-lethal bomb that warns civilians that they are in the vicinity of a weapons cache or other target. This method is used to allow all residents to leave the area before the IDF targets the site with live ammunition.
However, in this video,the residents flee the home but then many others come and ascend to the roof and act as human shields.
The IDF aircraft sees the band of civilians on the roof and therefore aborts the strike.”
Meanwhile, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have fired 96 rockets indiscriminately at Israel today, and 442 in the past 3 days…
Pressed by Iain Dale last night, Harriet Harman was adamant that she stuck by her accusations of sexism levelled against Gordon Brown:
“I think it is unlikely that if one of the men had won [the Labour deputy leadership] instead of me, that they would not have been made Deputy Prime Minister.”
That’s not what she used to say. When Caroline Flint resigned in 2009, accusing the former Prime Mentalist of treating her like “female window-dressing”, Hattie insisted that allegations of sexism against Gordon were unfounded:
“I can understand the frustration of any woman in politics but it’s not true to say that Gordon Brown doesn’t take women in politics seriously.”
So, was she telling the truth then, or now?
Remember Nigel Farage? The slayer of the political class, popper of the bloated balloon and self-declared warrior for the people. Well he wants to pay MPs more:
“Would we object to 650 people earning a bit more money? I don’t think we would… I haven’t thought about it but we could certainly pay them more than that. Why don’t we say that if we paid MPs the same as the local headmaster of the local comprehensive, that would be about right. £90,000-£100,000.”
That didn’t take long, did it?
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Chris Bryant talks to the Times Diary about a famous gay actor:
“I don’t think I’ve had sex with him. He says we had sex in Clapham. I’m fairly certain I’ve never had sex south of the river”