Cameron’s Attack on Corbyn and “A Bunch of Migrants”

Only Corbyn could have missed today’s Google open goal at PMQs. This was Cameron’s punchy three-pronged put down:

“They met with the unions and they gave them flying pickets.

They met with the Argentinians and they gave them the Falkland Islands.

They met with a bunch of migrants in Calais and they said they could all come to Britain.

The only people they never stand up for are the British people and hard-working taxpayers.”

Corbyn missed the chance to hit back, but expect Labour to jump on the outrage bus about that “bunch of migrants” line…

UPDATE: The Guardian was quick to jump on the outrage bus, reporting that his comments were callous and dehumanising. Except when they do it:

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PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions Today?

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Q1 Peter Aldous (Waveney)

Q2 Nusrat Ghani (Wealden)

Q3 Charlotte Leslie (Bristol North West)

Q4 James Morris (Halesowen and Rowley Regis)

Q5 Margeret Ferrier (Rutherglen and Hamilton West)

Q6 Nick Thomas-Symonds (Torfaen)

Q7 Sue Hayman (Workington)

Q8 Bob Blackman (Harrow East)

Q9 Caroline Flint (Don Valley)

Q10 Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)

Q11 Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes)

Q12 Judith Cummins (Bradford South)

Q13 Mark Pawsey (Rugby)

Q14 Chris Green (Bolton West)

Q15 Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden)

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SKETCH: Waiting Watson and Blissed Out Osborne

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As we endured the latest round of this miserably one-sided fight, my mind turned to the two men sitting to the left of their respective leaders.

It’s a decent bet (the double pays 22/1 with Paddy Power) that George Osborne and Tom Watson will be the next leaders of their parties, and will one day be squaring off against each other on these Wednesday lunchtimes, which would at least be more unpredictable.

Tom was doing his usual thing today, or at least his usual thing since he became Jeremy Corbyn’s deputy: utterly silent, smiling inscrutably, a look of faint amusement and utter detachment on his face.

The only times his lips tightened were when a backbench MP used Corbyn’s gaffe-a-thon with Andrew Marr on Sunday to allow the Prime Minister one of several free and gleeful hits on Trident, secondary picketing, and the Falklands, the latter a comradely gift from the DUP’s Nigel Dodds.

Obviously it wouldn’t do for Tom to smile when David Cameron is shoeing the poor, defenceless old man sitting next to him, but you wonder if these are also the moments when he realises Corbyn cannot go on much longer like this, and ponders being up at the despatch box himself very soon.

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Corbyn Squirms Through Dodds Falklands Skewering

No one demolishes Corbyn quite like Nigel Dodds. He absolutely nailed him on his Falklands comments at PMQs today.

PMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions Today

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Q1 Gareth Thomas (Harrow West)

Q2 Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston)

Q3 Rishi Sunak (Richmond (Yorks)

Q4 Wes Streeting (Ilford North)

Q5 Edward Argar (Charnwood)

Q6 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test)

Q7 Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton)

Q8 Karl McCartney (Lincoln)

Q9 Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead and Kilburn)

Q10 Jonathan Edwards (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

Q11 Gareth Johnson (Dartford)

Q12 Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon)

Q13 Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay)

Q14 Mr David Jones (Clwyd West)

Q15 Bob Blackman (Harrow East)

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PMQs SKETCH: No Doctor in the House

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Today was the day the Shadow Chancellor’s influence on his leader made itself known. After Prime Minister’s Questions, MPs, journalists and viewers were scratching their head at Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to mention the junior doctor’s strike even in passing. Such an open goal, you might think, given the government’s difficulties on this one.

But no, not a sausage. The reason lies with recently reported comments by John McDonnell that from now on, in principle, every single strike will be officially supported by the Labour Party.

Corbyn clearly decided he didn’t want to give the PM the opportunity to give Labour a kicking over a needless foot-in-mouth gaffe. At least, not again.

So instead the man recently described not so much as a Leader of the Opposition as a bloke who runs a second hand camera shop went on the subject of housing. How dare the PM suggest that life on a sink estate was anything other than marvelous, what with all the community spirit and solidarity you can find dumped next to the old sofas and the dog crap? “We’ve built more houses than the previous Labour government!” Dave responded triumphantly. But in this he fails to understand his opponent. Corbyn is no more likely to defend the record of the last Labour government than Cameron is. You could almost see Corbyn shrug as if to say, “Well, there’s a surprise…” Continue reading

PMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions Today

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Q1 Bill Esterson (Sefton Central)

Q2 Andrew Griffiths (Burton)

Q3 Tommy Sheppard (Edinburgh East)

Q4 Barbara Keeley (Worsley and Eccles South)

Q5 Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere)

Q6 Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)

Q7 Dr Tania Mathias (Twickenham) 

Q8 Dr Phillip Lee (Bracknell) 

Q9 Seema Kennedy (South Ribble) 

Q10 Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) 

Q11 Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central)

Q12 Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) 

Q13 James Cartlidge (South Suffolk) 

Q14 Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West) 

Comments in the comments please…

Ask Jez: Why Could Labour Be Fined Up To £500,000?

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Jeremy Corbyn has revolutionised PMQs by outsourcing his questions to members of the public. Voters are able to send in their question by supplying their email address and filling out an online form with their suggestions. Guido would like to remind everyone to use this form responsibly…

Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear Labour have complied with the regulations laid out by the Information Commissioners Office’s on online communications, with the ICO stipulating that there must be an opt-out option for receiving future e-mail communications from the party. This option is noticeably absent on Labour’s forms. Fines for such breaches can run up to £500,000…

PMQs SKETCH: Full Fathom Five Labour’s Leader Lies

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Be not afeard; the House is full of noises. Given the recent floods, the Prime Minister avoided quoting The Tempest as the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death was expropriated to ridicule the Shadow Cabinet reshuffle omnishambles: “It looked like this reshuffle could go into its Twelth Night.” “A comedy of errors!” “Much ado about nothing!” “Love’s Labour’s Lost!”.[…]

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From Bard To Worse: PM’s Terrible Shakespeare Gags

Don’t think Eton boy Dave is giving his Harrow rival Benedict Cumberbatch a run for his money just yet…[…]

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PMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions Today

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Q1 Karen Lumley (Redditch)

Q2 Anna Turley (Redcar)

Q3 Clive Efford (Eltham)

Q4 Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion)

Q5 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West)

Q6 Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon)

Q7 Mr George Howarth (Knowsley)

Q8 Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth)

Q9 Chris Green (Bolton West)

Q10 Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire)

Q11 Mike Kane (Wythenshawe and Sale East)

Q12 Jim Dowd (Lewisham West and Penge)

Q13 Seema Kennedy (South Ribble)

Q14 Mr Gavin Shuker (Luton South)

Q15 Grahame Morris (Easington)

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PMQs Sketch: Dennis “Tyson Fury” Skinner Heckles PM

simon“A f***ing Happy C***mas to you, you c***-foombling, fist-f***ing, f***-fest!”. 

So shouted Dennis Skinner to the Prime Minister, in rowdy Commons scenes just now. (Reported dialogue may not represent actual words actually used.) The Speaker had lost control of proceedings and the Commons abandoned itself to South Korean scenes.[…]

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PMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions Today

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Q1 Richard Graham (Gloucester)

Q2 Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead and Kilburn)

Q3 Callum McCaig (Aberdeen South)

Q4 Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central)

Q5 Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Berwick-upon-Tweed) 

Q6 Karl McCartney (Lincoln)

Q7 Mark Pawsey (Rugby) 

Q8 Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston)

Q9 Mr Douglas Carswell (Clacton) 

Q10 Nigel Adams (Selby and Ainsty) 

Q11 Marion Fellows (Motherwell and Wishaw) 

Q12 Mr Ranil Jayawardena (North East Hampshire) 

Q13 Fiona Bruce (Congleton) 

Q14 Danny Kinahan (South Antrim) 

Q15 Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere) 

Comments in the comments…[…]

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PMQs Sketch: Osborne Red-Faced and Shouty v Rock Star Angela

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She got a rock star’s welcome, in her spangling tank top and cutaway jacket. With the best hair of her career Angela Eagle looked a million dollars. US dollars, too, none of that Hong Kong rubbish.

Poor old Corbyn looks like a homeless person in comparison.[…]

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Best of Angela Eagle at PMQs

The Eagle has landed blow after blow on George Osborne at a gag-tastic PMQs:

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PMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions Today

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Dave is in Europe so it’s Osborne versus Angela Eagle today:

Q1 Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield)

Q2 Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate) 

Q3 Dr Rupa Huq (Ealing Central and Acton) 

Q4 Caroline Nokes (Romsey and Southampton North) 

Q5 Steve Brine (Winchester)

Q6 Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central)

Q7 Dr Philippa Whitford (Central Ayrshire) 

Q8 Gavin Newlands (Paisley and Renfrewshire North) 

Q9 Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge) 

Q10 Alison McGovern (Wirral South) 

Q11 Stephen Timms (East Ham) 

Q12 Karl McCartney (Lincoln) 

Q13 Ian Mearns (Gateshead) 

Q14 Wendy Morton (Aldridge-Brownhills) 

Q15 Mr Alan Mak (Havant) 

Comments in the comments…[…]

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