Thursday, July 31, 2014

WATCH: Hannity v Brand

Fans of seeing Russell Brand be made to look foolish will enjoy watching him get the Sean Hannity treatment on Fox News:

Fair and balanced as ever…

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

McPoison and McPangloss

This, for students of self-indulgent punditry, is worth watching…

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ruffley Faces Tory Crisis Meeting as Voters Call for His Head

Bury St. Edmunds Conservative Association has brought forward a meeting of its executive from 9 September to 31 July – Thursday week. They will grill David Ruffley over his caution for assaulting a woman, unsurprisingly once again both Ruffley and the association declined to comment when approached by the BBC last night. Jenny Antill of the Suffolk Domestic Abuse Partnership, who is also a Tory county council cabinet member, has added her name to the growing list calling on him to resign:

“He is a part of a government who has stood out firmly against domestic abuse in all its forms and I think under those circumstances he really must consider his position.”

Ruffley now has nine days to come up with an explanation as to how he can be a candidate for parliament after accepting a caution for violently assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Staying silent didn’t work…

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Elsewhere BBC’s Look East is now following the issue closely and the local Green Party is meeting tomorrow to consider how to make Ruffley’s behaviour an issue during the election campaign. Now the issue has spread out into wider civil society locally with the Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral having now written to Ruffley calling on him to consider his position as calls mount for his resignation. The issue won’t go away…

Monday, July 21, 2014

SPEAKER WATCH: Bercow Cracks Joke in Ukraine/Gaza Debate

The PM was updating the House on the situation in Ukraine and Gaza, with MPs paying tribute to those who lost their lives and discussing what Britain’s response should be.

Enter stage left, John Bercow. Carrying a tin ear.

The Speaker interrupted the House’s discussion about Hamas with a joke about Cameron playing tennis:

Another black mark. 

UPDATE: A Westminster wag points out that Bercow has a book out soon on tennis.

What is Happening to Miliband in the White House Right Now

“Give him a bottle of milk.”

Courtesy of In The Loop.

Friday, July 18, 2014

WATCH: Cameron Statement on Ukraine Plane Crash

Via Sky/ITV.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SPEAKER WATCH: Bercow’s “F**k Off” Bust Up With Fabricant

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…”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MUSICAL SPECIAL: Claire Perry Does the Locomotion

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!

WATCH: Adam Boulton Swallows a Fly on Live TV

The funniest thing that happened during the reshuffle:

Handled with consummate professionalism, as ever…

Monday, July 14, 2014

WATCH: Ken Clarke’s First Post-Reshuffle Interview

“I will confess that I spent more of last week at the Test match than I did in my office.”

Via ITV.

Seen Elsewhere

Britain’s Beheaders | Speccie
‘Underclass’ Is Dave’s Fault | Conservative Women
Civil Liberties/Privacy NGO Hires New CEO | Big Brother Watch
Why I Won’t Join UKIP | Dan Hannan
Who Will Stand Up for the Christians? | Ron Lauder
Labour Swing Extends Deep into Tory Seats | Lord Ashcroft
5 Tips for Tory Moles | LabourList
Time for a Labour Speaker | ConservativeHome
Austin Mitchell Shows Why People Hate Politicians | LabourList
Commons Should Reject Aussie Rules | Telegraph
Galloway Interviewed By Police | Standard


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