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I'm beginning to worry we have a Walter Mitty character here - does he not remember whipping MPs to vote against people having the chance to vote for an option which included returning powers, having a looser relationship with Europe etc. Now he's saying: 'we sceptics'! Is he for real?
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Unfortunately David Cameron found himself on the wrong side of this argument. There's no point sounding all eurosceptic at election time and then imposing a three line whip on your MPs when there was a perfectly reasonable motion to vote for. I could have told himn how that vote would go, as could anyone else who's taking notice. It wasn't just the 'bellyachers'- though niice try trying to present it as such - it was the majority of the non - 'payroll' MPs, the party in the country and the public in general...ever thought someone in Number 10 isn't listening?
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Isn't it time people grew up and realised most MPs work damn hard whether Parliament is sitting or not? The past wrong doing of some MPs is well known and has been punished that doesn't change the fact that MPs haven't had a real terms pay increase for 7 years, and in many cases are now having to subsidise their jobs by paying for things that in any other job would be a legitimate business expense. Do we really want to go back to the days when only the rich could stand for Parliament?
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Yes, that's true, there are many MPs who would prefer to go to the country under the existing boundaries rather than wait for the new constituencies to be announnced - things could get very rocky. meanwhile, having praised Andrew Lansley for his extensive knowledge of the NHS I would not like to see him dumped on as the price of retaining Clegg in order to keep David Cameron in Downing Street. what else will get dumped in order to do that?
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All-women shortlists are so unbelievably patronising to women. Surely no able, principled woman would be happy to be selected in this way?
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It may well be that the House employs press advisers who work on behalf of the speaker, but they didn't seem to do a very good job for Michael Martin did they? If I was John Bercow, I would certainly want someone I knew to be effective and could place my trust in. What's more, his work in reaching out to schools and engaging with the community will probably involve more press work than previous speakers have required. Rebuilding the reputation of Parliament will take some work and I know that he will work hard. The Bercow bashing on here is becoming very tedious. Letts is a major snob; he didn't like the idea of 'Gorbals Mick' in the chair and probably doesn't like the idea of a taxi driver's son doing it either; Bercow is twenty times more capable than the previous speaker and should be given a chance, not condemned for everything he tries to do.
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I'm a bit of a Bercow fan; he's a very good 'Commons man' - when we went into opposition in 97 many of the older Tory MPs just seemed shell-shocked and it was the young bloods like Bercow, Brady etc who were on their feet in the chamber providing the opposition. People have very short memories and it would be a shame if his considerable talents were forgotten. He also has an unbelievable (photographic?)memory for dates, seats,names etc and can tell you the date of a conversation he had with you from years ago. It could prove to be a useful talent as speaker and just remembering everyone's name would be a welcome improvement after speaker Martin. He has certainly travelled a long way in policy terms and I may not be with him on that but its a shame that there are so many negative comments about him. Sir Alan Hazelhurst would really be up to the job, there is something rather theatrical about his performances in the chair,he has authority and it would be refreshing to see him whizz through questions where the last speaker plodded. He would be a perfectly good choice. Having said all that, my vote (if I had one) would be for Frank Field. This is going to one of the most important speakerships in our history. Frank is the man who is prepared to think the unthinkable is respected across the board, is able, analytical and will have the guts to make the changes necessary. This choice is going to be so important, let's hope the MPs don't screw this one up!
Toggle Commented May 19, 2009 on Frank Field for Speaker at thetorydiary
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Would much rather face Labour led by Gordon Brown than by Alan Johnson at the next election... time for a save Gordon campaign?
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Gordon Brown's defence against the attacks from Tory MPs was to accuse them of failing to raise real issues which affect their constituents. Just before the close of PMQs, Graham Brady challenged him: " A million people across the North West worked to raise the £6m that the Christie Hospital stands to lose in the collapse of the Icelandic Bank Kaupthing. Why is he the only person standing in the way of compensation?" Rather than help the cancer charity, Gordon said he was worried about setting a precedent; it was an argument which didn't work too well for him over the gurkhas!
Toggle Commented May 6, 2009 on A painful PMQs for Gordon Brown at thetorydiary
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Either you think that the Chamber is special and you have to wait to be elected to sit there or you regard it as just another facility... if the Youth Parliament is allowed why not other organisations? Once you set a precedent you can't really say no to others... what next? Weddings? Bah mitzvahs?
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Did anyone hear Rhona Cameron on radio 4 on Saturday slagging off tories generally and calling on Eton to be bombed? She was very angry.... but not very funny
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