Rees-Mogg Accepts Share of Responsibility for Paterson Debacle as May Lays into Government

In his Moggcast this morning, Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he “must take his share of responsibility for this”, admitting he “thought it was the right thing to do [and] encouraged the PM to go down this route.” At Lobby this morning, the PM’s spokesperson said they still had faith in Rees-Mogg. 

Thanks to Christopher Chope’s objection to last night’s motion the Paterson debate has been dragged into a new day, with MPs holding a debate on the committee’s report this afternoon. Theresa May didn’t hold back:

Meanwhile, despite buckets of abuse in WhatsApp groups last night, Chope was on fighting form – telling one of his Tory female backbench colleagues that she “hasn’t applied her mind”…

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Tory MPs Table Bills to Decriminalise Non-Payment of Licence Fee, Privatise BBC and Monitor Impartiality

Looking down the legislative agenda there are three Bills coming up for a second reading in this parliamentary session which will warm the hearts of co-conspirators:

These are, at the moment, Private Members Bills – from Peter Bone and Christopher Chope – so not likely to become law unless the government takes them up. Guido reckons the decriminalisation of non-payment of the BBC licence fee is actually likely to happen. This will put the BBC on the same footing as any other creditor in the courts. Some form of beefed-up oversight could happen, if the BBC has any sense they will try and get ahead of the game and stop their own BBC journalists tweeting opinions about politics and giving their partisan lack of impartiality public amplification on social media. They could of course actually enforce the guidance that already exists and perhaps not renew the contracts of the persistent rule breakers pour encourager les autres. All these impartiality concerns would of course largely disappear if the second Bill were passed, the BBC was privatised, and we were no longer forced to pay for it…

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Chope Reunited With Fellow Dinosaurs

Fresh from yet another highly inflammatory blocking exercise in Parliament, this time on an anti-FGM bill, Christopher Chope is returning to work this morning to again find another special greeting for him on his office door. This time some enterprising protesters have taped up a row of brightly-coloured dinosaurs to help Chope feel more at home in 2019. A good effort albeit not quite as eye-catching as last time…

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Christopher Hope on Christopher Chope

Quote of the Day is from Christopher Hope on Christopher Chope

“For the avoidance of doubt I am NOT Sir Christopher Chope MP. Many thanks.”

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Read: All Tory MPs’ WhatsApps on Christopher Chope

This is the discussion in the Tory MPs’ WhatsApp group this evening after Chris Chope blocked the upskirting bill. The most unpopular man in the Tory party tonight?

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7 Ideas Blocked By Tory Dinosaur Chris Chope

Tory dinosaur Christopher Chope has plumbed new depths by blocking a bill to make upskirting a criminal offence. Not sure how he plans to justify that to his wife and daughter. Chope has a tedious habit of blocking Private Member’s Bills supposedly on procedural grounds. In reality he just obstructs and prevents good ideas. He says it’s principle but the truth is he lets his mates’ bills through…

In addition to the upskirting bill, Chope has also blocked:

  • Pardoning Alan Turing (which was supported by The Queen);
  • Same-sex marriage;
  • An investigation into Bercow bullying allegations;
  • The use of wild animals in circus performances;
  • Blocked free hospital car parking for carers;
  • Making revenge evictions an offence.

What a bloke.
UPDATE: Not content with blocking the upskirting bill, Chope just blocked another government-backed bill to make it a specific criminal offence to attack police dogs and horses.

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