There has been a sudden delay in the Political Parties and Elections Bill. Will the right hon. and learned Lady tell the House why that has happened? Given her close personal links with the aristocracy, is she not doubly ashamed by the apparent conduct of her four Labour colleagues in the Lords? May we also have a debate on cash for influence in this House? Does not the House of Lords pale into insignificance, given that, because more than 90% of the Labour party’s battleground funding comes from the trade unions, the party remains a wholly owned subsidiary of an interest group with its own policy agenda?…
The latest forecast from the International Monetary Fund suggests that, contrary to the Government’s mantra that the United Kingdom is well prepared to deal with the downturn, the UK is actually facing the worst recession in the world. Can we therefore at last have a debate in Government time to allow the House to express its lack of confidence in the Government’s handling of the economy, or is the Leader of the House worried that this is yet another issue that would leave the Prime Minister, as reported yesterday, “tearful and dewy-eyed”?
It would appear that the Prime Minister has lost confidence in his own Cabinet and, it would seem, even in himself. He has complained that his Cabinet members are ducking interviews and leaving him to look like the Minister for the recession, yet today, curiously, we have learned that Labour MPs have been instructed by the Whips not to talk about the economy at all. So who is going to win the parliamentary BAFTAs—the “Glumdog in Despair” in Downing street or the Basil Fawltys on the Back Benches shouting, “Don’t mention the recession”? Put simply, when is this country going to get honesty from the Prime Minister about the severity of our plight?
Trying to make a joke of the Prime Mentalists Freudian slip Harman has just told the house that she would “rather have Superman as our leader than their leader who is The Joker”. Immediately after that quip Ann Moffat chipped in “Wonder Woman does it again…”
So either Dale is paying for promotional product placement or the whole Labour Party is gripped with a delusion of superpowers.
Guido has been pondering Harriet’s retort to Hague’s jibe about her wanting Gordon’s job - “It wouldn’t be possible because there aren’t enough airports in the country for all the men who would want to flee…”. James Forsyth over at the CoffeeHouse has it on the nail:
she actually froze and couldn’t find a way out of the hole she was digging herself into… Harman was rather desperately searching for some witty rejoinder and ended up blurting out the first thing that came into her head. I do find it incredible–considering all the press speculation in recent days – that Harman didn’t arrive with a pre-prepared line to use if the leadership came up.
UPDATE :Fathers4Justice campaigners are back on the roof of her house again.
In nine decades, we’ve seen just one female prime minister, one female foreign secretary and one female home secretary…. It’s easy to dismiss the presence of more than 100 women MPs on those green benches for the last 11 years…Only this week we have seen the new equalities bill in parliament, piloted by Harriet Harman…it’s quite normal to see women up there at the centre of power without batting an eye…
Tomorrow is Harriet’s chance to shine at PMQs. C’mon Harriet…
UPDATE : Comrade Dale has spotted her lunching with Jack Straw.
Mike Smithson has put money on her, The Times and the Daily Mail say she is discreetly taking soundings. If Glasgow falls can she find the support of 70 MPs or perhaps a majority of Labour Party members at the September party conference? She might, the situation is that dire…
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UPDATE Sunday :Adam Boulton asked Harman on Sky if the story above was true (Adam, how could you doubt?) she sheepishly confirmed it to be the case.
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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Cameron’s refusal to pay the £1.7 billion EU bill by December 1st:
“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”