Peter Bone’s Meteoric Rise and Rapid Fall

Peter Bone had been a backbencher 17 years, priding himself in being as disloyal to the Tory whips as possible. Guido remembers Michael Cockerell’s Inside The Commons documentary, in which he boasted after the 2014 reshuffle:

“I see my role in Parliament: I’m not here as representing the government, I’m here to scrutinise the government and it doesn’t matter who’s in power. The new Chief Whip has been in power for about two hours and I’ve already rebelled against him.”

Not only was Bone’s appointment as deputy Leader of the House brilliant because he’s a great watch in the Commons, Boris never even had a deputy Commons leader at any point during his premiership. The appointment was just pure banter…

So from a lowly backbencher to a minister, now comes the inevitable fall in stature. Today on the order paper, Peter Bone’s first public act in the role couldn’t have gone down worse on social media:

Multiple Tory Members have now said they’ll vote for any leadership candidate that abolishes the jumped-up, left-wing whinge-a-thon of a youth ‘parliament’, which to date has done nothing except give Jeremy Corbyn a standing ovation and debase the green benches.  Oh how the mighty fall, Peter…

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Peter Bone Complains Ministers Aren’t Referring to Him as an Honourable ‘Friend’

An interesting use of parliamentary time to be sure…

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Peter Bone Bought AirPods on Expenses

If Labour’s Fabian Hamilton is the experienced expert of using taxpayer’s money to buy Apple products, Peter Bone is the trendsetter for AirPod buying. Angela Rayner and Matt Hancock were way behind him. All the way back in 2019 he used Parliamentary expenses to purchase the expensive accessories, setting back the taxpayer £159.00:

The purchase was made the year after it was revealed Bone had left his wife for his researcher 20 years younger than him. Perhaps he was trying to use cutting edge tech purchases to show he’s in touch with the youth…

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Peter Bone Demands Debate on Allegra’s Telly Briefings

Peter Bone is leading counter-revolutionary demands to scrap the forthcoming televised Lobby briefings fronted by Allegra Stratton, which – if it hadn’t been for the third Covid wave – would have already begun broadcasting by now. It’s clear Bone has got the wrong end of the stick: this switch to broadcasting isn’t a move to empower journalists over the Commons, it’s a move to make the current briefing system more transparent. As Rees-Mogg eloquently explained, while dodging the request for a debate…

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Rupa Huq Spreads Covid Cheer to Constituents

Rupa Huq’s constituents in Ealing Central and Acton have been receiving a somewhat ill-advised Christmas card from their MP this year; fronted by a dark, glossy picture of scaffolding-clad Parliament haunted by floating multicoloured luminescent festive Coronaviruses. Rupa has not responded to Guido’s request for comment. Her Ealing constituency has been hit by hundreds of coronavirus deaths.

Rupa isn’t the only MP to reference the year’s political crises with her Christmas cards. Peter Bone has treated MPs to this photoshop masterpiece:

What’s the banker offering on fishing transition quotas, Peter? 

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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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