PMQs Sketch: Chamberlain Would Have Felt Like a War-Monger

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Let the history books show that on the brink of World War III, with a Russian jet shot down by NATO, terror threats against national leaders, the EU capital in lockdown, an apocalypse promised on the plain of Dabiq by 30,000 death-loving jihadis – the Leader of the Opposition questioned the Prime minister on subsidies to solar panels.

Chamberlain would have felt like a war-monger.

You can see his three levels of thinking. He’s too grown-up to join in marching to the drum beat of war. He’s avoiding yet another issue his shadow cabinet hasn’t decided on. And most deeply, he’s showing us, possibly unintentionally, that PMQs is no place for discussion of great affairs.

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Meet Corbyn’s Pals: Ziggy, Israel and Jay

Guido was intrigued to hear Corbyn mention Israel positively, asking a question from Ziggy, Israel and Jay in PMQs today. Having done a bit of digging, we can reveal that Jezza neglected to mention that they are environmental activists affiliated with Friends of The Earth.

General Boles had his own take…

 

PMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions Today

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Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Fiona Bruce (Congleton)

Q2 Margaret Ferrier (Rutherglen and Hamilton West)

Q3 Emily Thornberry (Islington South and Finsbury)

Q4 Maria Caulfield (Lewes)

Q5 Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead and Kilburn)

Q6 Richard Drax (South Dorset)

Q7Caroline Flint (Don Valley)

Q8 Robert Jenrick (Newark)

Q9 Imran Hussain (Bradford East)

Q10 Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay)

Q11 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South) 

Q12 Stewart McDonald (Glasgow South) 

Q13 Graham Stuart (Beverley and Holderness) 

Q14 Mark Garnier (Wyre Forest) 

Q15 Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh (Ochil and South Perthshire) 

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PMQs SKETCH: Captive Corbyn’s Coded Message

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Poor old Jeremy, he looked like a hostage in front of the camera reading in a detached, formal, unconvinced way the statement prepared by his captors.

He had to say something or they’d have cut his head off at the next PLP. But with some spirit, he used sophisticated techniques to get a coded message out to his supporters back home.

He expressed “horror” at what had happened in Paris, but folded that carnage in equally with others killed in Ankara, Damascus and Beirut – or anywhere else in the world where “innocent civilians” are targeted by terrorists.

His friends understand this to mean that the French are being given a lesson in suffering that Middle Easterners study daily. French civilians think they’re innocent but they are all implicated in militaristic, drone-related barbarities. They are legitimate targets, now that French airstrikes are killing Syrians.

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PMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions Today

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Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South)

Q2 Andrew Rosindell (Romford) 

Q3 Gareth Johnson (Dartford) 

Q4 Phil Wilson (Sedgefield)

Q5 Andy McDonald (Middlesbrough) 

Q6 John Mann (Bassetlaw) 

Q7 Richard Fuller (Bedford) 

Q8 Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead and Kilburn) 

Q9 Imran Hussain (Bradford East) 

Q10 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West)

Q11 Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) 

Q12 Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire)

Q13 Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire) 

Q14 Jack Lopresti (Filton and Bradley Stoke)

Q15 Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield)

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PMQs SKETCH: Corbyn Goes From Angry Chicken to Sick Chicken

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The stare isn’t going so well suddenly. It never worked, it only seemed to, with the Tories falling back in embarrassment. Corbyn read this as bullies being struck with silent wonder at the sight of proper, grown-up politics.

No, it was the reaction of an audience seeing an actor forgetting his lines, or a juggler dropping the ball, or a magician letting the cards fall out of his sleeve.

Tories weren’t able to barrack and wince at the same time.

But they’ve learnt. They have evolved. Today, they overcame their instinctive delicacy and resumed normal service.

And Corbyn went from Angry Chicken to Sick Chicken. Starting to speak, then stopping. Glaring, but getting confused by laughter and not-glaring. Glancing at the Speaker. No help there. Starting to speak again and having to continue through Tories shushing each other.

This chicken dies in the end.

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No Marx For Dave’s Commie Gag

“Look at his appointments. His media adviser is a Stalinist. His new policy adviser is a Trotskyist. And his economic adviser is a communist. If he’s trying to move the Labour Party to the left, I’d give him full Marx.”

Incidentally, who is the communist economics adviser?

UPDATE:  Not the full Marx after all:

PMQs: Who Is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire)

Q2 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough) 

Q3 Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire) 

Q4 Mr David Anderson (Blaydon) 

Q5 Dr James Davies (Vale of Clwyd) 

Q6 Damian Collins (Folkestone and Hythe)

Q7 Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South) 

Q8 Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North) 

Q9 Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock) 

Q10 John Nicolson (East Dunbartonshire) 

Q11 Paul Flynn (Newport West) 

Q12 Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Berwick-upon-Tweed)

Q13 Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton) 

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PMQs SKETCH: Corbyn’s Chicken Death Stare

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People say he’s not doing too badly, and he’s not doing too badly for an old man in a pub, for a clapped-out author wearying a school assembly, for a hero of the previous revolution but one (second class).

He’s obviously pleased with his “death stare”.[…]

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Will Corbyn Wear Poppy at PMQs?

The PM has been wearing a poppy for a week, though Corbyn has yet to be spotted with one. He was ambiguous when asked about wearing a poppy at first, Labour HQ later clarified that he would. The Royal British Legion say it is appropriate to wear a poppy from the launch date of the poppy appeal, which this year was 22 October.[…]

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PMQs Live: Who Is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock)

Q2 David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale) 

Q3 Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West)

Q4 Mark Pawsey (Rugby) 

Q5 Kirsty Blackman (Aberdeen North) 

Q6 Stephen Phillips (Sleaford and North Hykeham) 

Q7 Michelle Donelan (Chippenham) 

Q8 Graham Evans (Weaver Vale) 

Q9 Amanda Solloway (Derby North)

Q10 Christopher Pincher (Tamworth) 

Q11 Ian C.[…]

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PMQs SKETCH: Corbyn’s Vogue Levels of Virtue-Signalling

He’s doing it deliberately, isn’t he? The twisted tie and splayed collar and that ghaaaaastly coat and shirt combination. The vanity of being above appearances. The Labour leader is manifesting Vogue levels of virtue-signalling in his dress.

Then all that rubbish about the “very sad news” of having a United Nations committee coming over to investigate the human rights of the disabled.[…]

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Bercow Bans PMQ on Green Taxes

The Speaker’s bad temper continued at PMQs, where he bizarrely banned Tory MP Chris Philp from asking, entirely reasonably, if green taxes have contributed to the steel industry crisis. Curiously, Bercow ruled this had “nothing to do with government policy” and prevented the PM from answering:

Except, it demonstrably does. […]

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PMQs Live: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Susan Elan Jones 

Q2 Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate) 

Q3 Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central) 

Q4 Anne McLaughlin (Glasgow North East) 

Q5 Andrea Jenkyns (Morley and Outwood) 

Q6 Mr David Jones (Clwyd West) 

Q7 Ian Mearns (Gateshead) 

Q8 Martyn Day (Linlithgow and East Falkirk) 

Q9 Patricia Gibson (North Ayrshire and Arran) 

Q10 Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central) 

Q11 Anna Turley (Redcar) 

Q12 Neil Carmichael (Stroud) 

Q13 Iain Stewart (Milton Keynes South) 

Q14 Andrew Rosindell (Romford) 

Q15 Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe) 

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PMQs SKETCH: Cameron Went Easy on Corbyn

He was twice as good as last time. Let’s not argue about it. He’s in his late sixties. At this rate of improvement Jeremy Corbyn will be dead before he wins an election. Britain’s first posthumous prime minister – a great progressive victory for Labour.[…]

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Best of Corbyn at PMQs

Here are Corbyn’s PMQs highlights as we saw a sassier side to the Labour leader:

Thug life edition…[…]

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