The chamber fell about laughing after Gordon made a twat of himself forgetting he had a statement to make:
UPDATE : In reply to the statement Dave said: “Can I thank the Prime Minister for making his statement…it was a close run thing”.
Yesterday, prior to PMQs, Nadine Dorries asked the Speaker to call her in order to ask the Prime Mentalist for a personal apology over Smeargate. The Speaker declined her request claiming that he could not use PMQs for personal special requests. Which is untrue because he can and does.
If you watch yesterdays PMQs you will witness a successful ambush. When Nadine stood up to ask the question her backbench colleagues mysteriously sat down. The Speaker had to call someone from the Conservative benches, he was left with no choice but to call Nadine. Gordon was thus forced humiliatingly to make a direct apology. Never, ever underestimate Nadine Dorries, she is a Tory Tigress…
Perhaps the politicians felt uncomfortable continuing with “Punch and Judy politics” as normal when one of the main protagonists, David Cameron, has suffered such a deep personal loss. Perhaps PMQs just isn’t that important.
We are told that instead Brown, Cable and Hague will read statements to the House.
UPDATE 12:05 : Having heard the condolences perhaps it was for the best, the mood of the House was clearly not for “business as usual”.
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Andrew Pierce on Ed Balls…
“Porky Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls sweet-talked guests at a fund-raising dinner by saying if he wasn’t a politician, he would be a chef. That’s not surprising, since he was accused of cooking the Treasury books when he was Gordon Brown’s boot boy.”
is there anyone in the world that Tony hasnt screwed in some way?