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Neo-Guido is in Russia nursing a hang-over and Guido is otherwise engaged. Sorry.
It seems Ed Miliband misled the House when he said that “under 13 years of a Labour Government, youth unemployment never reached 1 million…” The Department of Education statistics for young people not in employment, education, or training show that the number of young people who were unemployed under Labour hovered below a million all through 2008/09. However you can guess what happened in the third quarter of 2009 – the number of young unemployed hit 1,074,000, when the Work and Pensions Secretary was one Yvette Cooper. An apology to the House is the usual form…
Just in time for PMQs the Quarter Three donation figures reveal that 89% of Labour’s funding comes from the unions. With Dave buying land with £140,000 cash from a lobbyist you can see the dividing lines drawing themselves. Handbags at noon.
Ed Miliband’s usually most loyal supporters reacted on Twitter with dismay at the failure of the Labour leader to lay a glove on Cameron at PMQs:
full verdict at 1pm – but that was a bit of a flat performance from Ed today… #pmqs
— Mark Ferguson (@Markfergusonuk) November 9, 2011
Odd of Ed M to devote all 6 Qs to immigration given Labour's difficulties w the issue. Menace of Maurice quotes comes back to bite too.
— Will Straw (@wdjstraw) November 9, 2011
The not so loyal were sarcastic:
…well that went well…
— Dan Hodges (@DPJHodges) November 9, 2011
Ed M adopted the Paxman approach to questioning at #PMQs "You're in a mess aren't you?" Utterly hopeless.
— John Rentoul (@JohnRentoul) November 9, 2011
Cameron is somehow winning this by reminding voters Labour trebled immigration
— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) November 9, 2011
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) November 9, 2011
Cam knows he has won and risks a joke at EMil expense. Slightly cocky I think #pmqs
— Patrick O'Flynn (@oflynnmep) November 9, 2011
Balls has a favourite hand gesture to indicate growth flat-lining. When he pulled it out today Dave quipped:
“You can go on making your questionable salute…”
What did he have in mind?
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Zac Goldsmith: “The hon. Gentleman might like to know that today’s Guido Fawkes quote of the day is the one on drug laws that we have heard cited by a number of hon. Members.”
Mike Hancock: “I am delighted to hear that Guido Fawkes is talking about something other than me.”