Friday, September 5, 2014

WATCH: David Cameron Does Taylor Swift

Ever wanted to see Alex Salmond’s Freddie Mercury impression, Alistair Darling signing Rick Astley and David Cameron doing Taylor Swift? The nerds over at Sky News have produced the next best thing in their advert for the independence referendum:

“I used to think that we were forever ever…”

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WATCH: Saucy Susanna Reid in “Beating Off Men” Slip

The viewers of Good Morning Britain were spluttering into their cornflakes during Susanna Reid’s interview with Downton Abbey hunk Dan Stevens earlier:

She managed to shake it off with consummate professionalism…

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bercow Clerk Statement: Full Text

Bercow has given way and delayed the Mills appointment:

“Order! Order! I wish to make a statement concerning the clerk and chief executive of the house. Currently these two roles are combined in a single post, despite their very different nature. Over the years, Parliament’s affairs have become more complex, its budget has risen and decisions such as on a potential refurbishment of the House have become unavoidable.

Thus highly skilled management is now vital as much as expertise in procedure.

My preference for separating the two aspects of the Post did not meet with sufficient support before the recruitment process and in consequence the combined position of Clark and chief executive was openly advertised.

A range of candidates were considered by an interview panel consisting of five honourable members and a lay member, Dame Julie Mellor.  

[Interruption "no deputy speaker!"]

Two rounds of interviews were conducted and at each stage the panel source to select one person who could meet the demanding twin roles both of procedural adviser to the house and of its chief executive officer. The panel reached its decision on July 30, however a number of colleagues have since expressed disquiet…

[Interruption: "HA!"]

…their concerns fall into two categories. The first, helpfully raised by the honourable member for Rutland and Melton, is whether the panel should have recommended separating the roles. I was advised that the panel could not adopt this approach without prior legislation.

As I have said, there is a compelling case for such a separation but any change would, of course, require the support of the House.

The second concern is for free appointment scrutiny and was initially put forward by the honourable member for North East Somerset. A strong case can be made for it and on this point also I wish to hear colleagues’s views. In the circumstances, and having discussed the matter with the leader and shadow leader of the House, I believe that a modest pause in the recruitment process is desirable while such issues are explored and the views of members solicited in detail. In the meantime, the functions of the clerk and chief executive will be distributed between members of the management board. I am sure the whole House will wish them well in the discharge of these important duties while the matter is resolved with good will and by consensus.”

Vid via @liarpoliticians.

UPDATE:

GuyNews: The Ashya King Story

Here the father explains the arrogance of the NHS doctors who caused the parents of Ashya to be arrested. The child is now alone in a Spanish hospital. Ashya was at no extra risk with his parents who had all the necessary medical equipment and were caring for him. From what the father says the NHS doctors were unsure of how to proceed with treatment. Any parent will do whatever is necessary for their sick child…

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Ashya’s granny didn’t hold back on the Today programme:

The Spanish authorities should allow these loving parents to see their child immediately…

UPDATE: South East UKIP MEP Janice Atkinson is calling for the immediate release of her constituents Brett and Naghemeh King and asking the Home Secretary to question use of European Arrest Warrant. “I call on the Home Secretary to contact the Spanish authorities so that Ashya’s parents are released immediately… Then I would ask her whether she now thinks that pernicious European Arrest Warrant works in the hands of over-zealous policemen in the interests of British citizens?” Quite.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WATCH: Tanned Dave Responds On Camera to Carswell

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WATCH: Labour’s Shaun Wright: “I Won’t Quit”

Friday, August 22, 2014

There’s Already Been a Clegg Movie…

James Kirkup pitches his script ideas for Clegg: The Movie.

“My name is Nicholas William Peter Clegg, commander of what’s left of the Army of the South West, deputy chair (acting) of the Federal Executive Committee, loyal servant of the true emperor Paddy Aurelius. Father of a murdered party, husband to a murdered campaign for AV. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”

Casting is underway for the Channel 4 production… 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WATCH: Austin Mitchell Sticking to His Sexist Guns

Friday, August 15, 2014

WATCH: The Islamic State

The best reporting of what has happened in Iraq and Syria over the last few months has not been in the papers or on television, but online. Vice are the only news organisation who have managed to embed a reporter with Islamic State (ISIS). Medyan Dairieh’s documentary from Raqqa is remarkable viewing and well worth a watch.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WATCH: Robin Williams on Iraq


Seen Elsewhere

Cam Cannot Stem EU Immigration | David Keighley
9 Mansion Tax Questions for Ed Balls | TPA
Politicians are Lying to You About Immigration | Alex Wickham
Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron is Going to Have to Deal With UKIP | Dan Hodges
Opinions on Key Issues By Constituency | Red Box
Britain Irrelevant Inside EU | Dan Hannan
Cameron Heading for Fall on Europe | Rachel Sylvester
Lords Speaker Spends £350 on Two Mile Limo Ride | Sun
Shapps Slaps Down Barroso “Propaganda” | City AM
Bookies v Pollsters: What We Learned From IndyRef | Paddy Power


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