Sketch: Cameron is Doing What Blair Did to IDS

No, no, no, that wasn’t quite good, or a refreshing change, or a worthy start, or not-as-bad-as-it-might-have-been. That was the finishing whimper of a once-powerful party. That was worse than Ed Miliband’s first PMQs. It was as bad as late-Miliband’s “I met Nigel, a nurse from Nottingham.”

Dressed in the 1970s, looking old, wading to the despatch box through a vision of immiserated Britain – mental health cuts, in-work benefit cuts, rent cuts, job losses – Corbyn gave us a comprehensive tour of his constituency. Life at the rougher end of Holloway, as Damian McBride so valiantly pointed out, but on a national scale.

You will have heard by now that Corbyn’s innovation was to read out half a dozen questions emailed in from supporters. He wanted to be our “voice” in Parliament. Some people say they liked it. But there was wincing in the PLP every time he deployed a Christian name.

He sounded like an intermediary, not a leader. Like a quiz master. A host.

And surely he won’t be able to do it again, and again?

Go on, I dare you.

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Cameron: IRA Sympathisers Should Be Ashamed

It took until the penultimate question, but PMQs finally came to life when DUP MP Nigel Dodds stood up and lambasted newly appointed  Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell for his views on the IRA. The labour benches listened in silence…

“The oppositions leader has appointed a Shadow Chancellor who believes terrorists should be honoured for their bravery, will the Prime Minister join with all of us on all sides of this house in denouncing that sentiment and standing with us on behalf of the innocent victims and for the bravery of our armed forces who stood against the terrorist?”

Cameron responded by saying “people who seek to justify” the actions of the IRA “should be ashamed of themselves“. Corbyn looked down sheepishly…

UPDATE: The one Labour MP who said “hear, hear” to Nigel Dodds’ question received a death stare from Angela Eagle.

PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today?

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)
Q2 Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley)
Q3 Kate Hollern (Blackburn)
Q4 Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge)
Q5 Julian Knight (Solihull)
Q6 Michael Tomlinson (Mid Dorset and North Poole)
Q7 Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West)
Q8 Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland)
Q9 Graham Evans (Weaver Vale)
Q10 Andrew Griffiths (Burton)
Q11 Maggie Throup (Erewash)
Q12 Steven Paterson (Stirling)
Q13 Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton)
Q14 Tom Pursglove (Corby)
Q15 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight)

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Like Cockroaches, the Corbynista Swarm Survives

Fat Labour loosened its corsets but couldn’t fill its benches. Many gaps in the ranks. Opposition MPs were wandering Westminster in a daze of incredulous despair and failed to find their way into the chamber.

Many of them will fail to find their way back into the House at the next election.

Their constituencies are being swamped with aliens who don’t share their values or culture and who are swarming over their General Committees to vote in others of their kind. They stick together, those Trots. Boy, do they breed. And like cockroaches, they survive.

They must have been pleased to see the end of Harriet Harman. It was her last stand-in at PMQs. She finishes her career surprisingly as a crypto-Tory. Cameron paid her a handsome tribute (being one of his own) and she missed the opportunity to cry shame! Shame! Shame on you! Her sharpest point was a suggestion he call for a summit of EU leaders to deal with the refugee crisis (as if he could).

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PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Julian Knight (Solihull)

Q2 Sir Peter Bottomley (Worthing West)

Q3 Rebecca Pow (Taunton Deane) 

Q4 Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) 

Q5 Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion)

Q6 Andrea Jenkyns (Morley and Outwood) 

Q7 Dr Eilidh Whiteford (Banff and Buchan)

Q8 Mr Robin Walker (Worcester)

Q9 Jo Cox (Batley and Spen) 

Q10 Peter Heaton-Jones (North Devon) 

Q11 Teresa Pearce (Erith and Thamesmead) 

Q12 Nic Dakin (SHunthorpe)

Q13 Andrew Bingham (High Peak)

Q14 Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent) (901209)

Q15 Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge) 

A week today it could be Dave v Jez. Comments in the comments please…

Corbyn at PMQs

How will Corbyn fare at PMQs? Here he is getting handbagged by a dose of Thatcherite reality… Totally owned.

Labour Could Do Worse Than Harriet

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The Labour party is now so broken, so foaming and fitting it’s calling Harriet Harman a Tory. She is supporting the idea that the state shouldn’t necessarily be paying benefits for impecunious women to have twelve children. This makes her Norman Tebbit in a frock.

She stood up at PMQs to long Conservative cheers, applause, acclaim. How pleased they were with her. “One of us! One of us!”

The Speaker, now a toad beneath the Tory harrow made no attempt to control them. His livelihood is dependent on pleasing his erstwhile enemies who had been his erstwhile friends and who are currently his masters.

Harriet, in her big white power jacket, looked better and sounded more leaderly than any of the leadership candidates. She doesn’t have Cooper’s vinegary misery-mongering, or Burnham’s SpAd mentality, and she’s got fifty kilos on Kendall. That’s all good. She’s also fractionally less left wing than front runner Jeremy Corbyn. Labour could do worse than Harriet. And almost certainly will.

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PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham)

Q2 Philip Davies (Shipley) 

Q3 Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley)

Q4 Bob Blackman (Harrow East)

Q5 Scott Mann (North Cornwall) 

Q6 Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central) 

Q7 Paul Flynn (Newport West) 

Q8 Will Quince (Colchester) 

Q9 Judith Cummins (Bradford South)

Q10 Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) 

Q11 Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields) 

Q12 Mr Robin Walker (Worcester) 

Q13 Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West and Royton)

Q14 Martin John Docherty (West Dunbartonshire)
When he next plans to meet the First Minister of Scotland. 

Q15 Jenny Chapman (Darlington) 

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Pre-Budget PMQs: Who is Asking the Questions Today

PMQS NEW

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East)

Q2 Chris Davies (Brecon and Radnorshire)

Q3 Kirsten Oswald (East Renfrewshire) 

Q4 Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) 

Q5 Valerie Vaz (Walsall South) 

Q6 Jeff Smith (Manchester, Withington)[…]

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Catch-Up Service: PMQs in Full

Did you miss PMQs? Watch the whole thing in full below:

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SKETCH: Ladies Tennis, ISIS and EVEL MacSporrans

Were they tails that the Speaker was wearing, and a waistcoat? Is he finally dressing the part? It’s cruellest trick he’s playing on his critics. He’s turning himself into a decent Speaker. Acting the part, dressing the part, sounding the […]

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“Dodgy” Dave v “Jurassic Park” Skinner

Labour are boarding the outrage bus after Flashman Cam snapped back at Dennis Skinner’s “Dodgy Dave” jibe by calling him “Jurassic Park” at PMQs:

The PM had to apologise when he called Skinner a “dinosaur” back in 2012…[…]

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