Remainers Win Brexit Blocking Vote

The government has been defeated on what remainers refer to as a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal – but what is really a naked attempt to subvert the referendum result.

MPs voted 309 to 305 for Dominic Grieve’s amendment. The government lost by four votes.

Stay tuned for the Tory rebels…

UPDATE: 12 rebels confirmed as Morgan, Neill, Sandbach, Soubry, Stevenson, Wollaston, Allen, Clarke, Djanogly, Grieve, (Stephen) Hammond, Heald.

Life’s Too Short

PMQs was so unspeakably awful it doesn’t deserve sketching. Goodbye.

May on “The Labour Sisterhood”

Harriet Harman and Liz Kendall would both like that to come true…

PMQs: Watch Live

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 13 December.

Q2 Mrs Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire)

Q3 Mike Hill (Hartlepool)

Q4 Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East)

Q5 Julian Knight (Solihull)

Q6 Gareth Snell (Stoke-on-Trent Central)

Q7 Robert Jenrick (Newark)

Q8 Alex Norris (Nottingham North)

Q9 Caroline Flint (Don Valley)

Q10 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)

Q11 Stephen Timms (East Ham)

Q12 Rishi Sunak (Richmond (Yorks)

Q13 Stewart Malcolm McDonald (Glasgow South)

Q14 Mr Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West)

Q15 Dr Caroline Johnson (Sleaford and North Hykeham)

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Ian Paisley Jnr Reads Out Guido’s Story on Labour’s Brexit Positions

Another happy reader

PMQs Sketch: Corbynish for Beginners

“Thank you Mr Speaker, but on her way back to Britain, someone forgot to share the details of the Irish Border detail, deal, with the DUP. Surely Mr Speaker there are one and a half billion reasons why the Prime Minister really shouldn’t hadn’t forgotten to do that.”

Is English Jeremy Corbyn’s first language? During this lunchtime’s ball-achingly pathetic exchange, the Labour leader confirmed once and for all it is not.

When he was 18, Mr Corbyn travelled to Jamaica to volunteer as a teacher. Thanks to the lasting influence of his pedagogy, it is believed that there are now entire communities on that island who speak only Corbynish. Let us decode this mysterious tongue.

If you would like to learn Corbynish, start with Yoda from Star Wars. Say the following sentence in your head in a Yoda-like voice, but imagine you are Jeremy Corbyn: “the Prime Minister really shouldn’t hadn’t forgotten to do that, forgotten to do that she really shouldn’t hadn’t”. You’re already halfway to thinking in Corbynish.

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Why Do Corbyn and May Make Random Rambling Ranty Statements at PMQs?

Interesting theory from the BBC’s Joey D’Urso – are Jeremy Corbyn’s random ranty rambling non-questions at PMQs deliberately off topic because when clipped up into short videos and pumped out on social media they go viral with his followers? Every week Labour clip his statements and they get hundreds of thousands of views. They seem irrelevant to the small number who watch PMQs live, but look much better as stand alone Facebook videos.

The same theory could explain why Theresa May’s pre-scripted attacks on Corbyn often seem entirely irrelevant to the question:

Though perhaps we are giving them too much credit and they’re both just dire at PMQs.

Hammond: We’ll Pay Divorce Bill Even If There’s No Deal

Well done Phil, great negotiating tactic.

Hammond: We Don’t Know What We Want From Brexit End State

Philip Hammond has confirmed to the Treasury select committee that the Cabinet still hasn’t discussed what the Brexit end state will look like, i.e. whether it will be the convergence non-Brexit preferred by him, Jeremy Heywood and Olly Robbins, or a real Brexit in which we properly diverge from the EU. It has been 18 months since the referendum, it’s mad the Cabinet has not even discussed what Brexit Britain will look like. If the government has no idea on the end state, are they even ready to move onto the next stage of talks?

May Promises Mogg Red Lines Aren’t Turning Pink

May tells Brexiteer Tory MPs that the red lines set out in her Lancaster House speech remain…

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Ruth George (High Peak) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 6 December.

Q2 Louise Haigh (Sheffield, Heeley)

Q3 Sir Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk)

Q4 John Grogan (Keighley)

Q5 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield)

Q6 Jim Shannon (Strangford)

Q7 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter)

Q8 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test)

Q9 Alex Chalk (Cheltenham)

Q10 Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Q11 Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith)

Q12 Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)

Q13 Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough)

Q14 Ms Karen Buck (Westminster North)

Q15 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)

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Peter Bone Tells Trump to Delete His Account

Amber Rudd says many colleagues would agree…

Emily Makes Damian Choke


Emily Thornberry dominated Damian Green at Prime Minister’s Questions with a touch so light it was but a table cloth flapping in the breeze. She kneed the disgraced First Secretary over and over again – where it really hurts him, the only place it really hurts any of them – in the ego.

Was he “happy to be held to the same standards in government that he required when he was in opposition?” This first, hard, full stroke shook the First Secretary, it landed with the weight of a Sue Gray report – and the moral force of one, too.

Yes, mistress, said Green: “All ministers should respect and obey the ministerial code.” A touching thought. 

One question in, it was very clear that the essence of politics was being laid bare. All politics is hypocrisy. All politicians are hypocrites. Continue reading

Green Doesn’t Take Chance to Apologise

John Mann gave Damian Green the chance to apologise at PMQs, he did not take him up on it. Answer heard in silence…

Thornberry Throws Green With Trick Question

Deft opening move from Emily Thornberry, who threw Damian Green by asking if he was happy to be held to the same standards in government that he required of others whilst in opposition. A startled Damian thought what we are all thinking. Turns out cunning Thorners was talking about an old PMQ he once asked on the NHS…

DPMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions?

Questions to The Prime Minister

Q1 Melanie Onn (Great Grimsby) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 29 November.

Q2 Rosie Duffield (Canterbury)

Q3 John Mann (Bassetlaw)

Q4 Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak)

Q5 Mr Simon Clarke (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland)

Q6 Patrick Grady (Glasgow North)

Q7 Sarah Jones (Croydon Central)

Q8 Wayne David (Caerphilly)

Q9 Tommy Sheppard (Edinburgh East)

Q10 Wes Streeting (Ilford North)

Q11 Matt Warman (Boston and Skegness)

Q12 Mhairi Black (Paisley and Renfrewshire South)

Q13 Marsha De Cordova (Battersea)

Q14 Rebecca Pow (Taunton Deane)

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PMQs Sketch: The Grey-Some Twosome’s Budget Panto

Theresa May and Philip Hammond have the least sexy Prime Minister-Chancellor relationship in British political history. Thatcher-Lawson, Major-Lamont, Blair-Brown: these titanic battles of personality and politics had real zing. There was a dangerous chemistry about each, and like two reactive elements thrust together, the mixtures would eventually explode. Our grey-some twosome are too dull even to destroy one another…

How utterly similar they looked: like two wan Waitrose shoppers. You can imagine them now, plodding down the high street in any nameless provincial town. We are told there is no love lost between them, but today, they co-ordinated to stage the crumbling theatre’s final panto. Both seemed to know they had little to lose…

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Corbyn Goes Shouty Crackers

Jezza looking a little stressed as he struggled to come up with a response to the Budget…

Hammond’s Banter Budget: All the Jokes

Some real groaners…[…] Read the rest

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