Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Kerry's guide to PMQs!

An unlucky draw for the Red team in PMQs today, although it at least means Harriet will know which Tories she's going to be getting, and lots of good opportunities for the valiant Labour troops to bob up and down.

Gordon is in Copenhagen, which will no doubt come as a relief to Cameron after the hammering he's had over the last few PMQs. As it customary in such circumstances, Harriet will go head-to-head with William Hague and Vince Cable. I'd predict some end of term jollity, and probably Hague to go on Afghanistan/ economy and Cable to go on the economy, with a bit of a sideswipe at his soon-to-be near neighbour, Zac Goldsmith. Quite a few of the Tories listed are army types, and Heathcoat-Amory will no doubt bring the EU into whatever it is he asks, but most of the Tories listed will be planted questions, which is actually a good way of spotting what they think are vote winners for them. I can't think of anything at the moment!

*1 Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16 December.

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Hague (6 Qs)

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Cable (2 Qs)

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*2 Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):

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*3 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):

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*4 Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):

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*5 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):

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*6 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):

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*7 Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):

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*8 Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):

*9 Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):

*10 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):

*11 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):

*12 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):

*13 Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): When he next plans to visit Central Ayrshire.

*14 Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):

*15 Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):


Bristol Dave said...

Gordon is in Copenhagen, which will no doubt come as a relief to Cameron after the hammering he's had over the last few PMQs.

Sorry, are we talking about the same PMQs here? Cameron may not be providing as good an opposition as some (including me) may want but by God he's at least more credible than Brown. The only time he ever, EVER answers the question is when it's a planted one from his own benches which gives him an opportunity to reel of Communist-style tractor statistics, which are getting very tired now.

Gordon just doesn't recognise how woeful his performance comes across to everyone, in the same way he can't recognise any mistake he's ever made.

Kerry said...

Not sure where you've been for the past few weeks Dave; it's been universally acknowledged that Gordon has absolutely pwned Dave over the last few weeks. (Pwned = my new word, aren't I down with the geeks).

Bristol Dave said...

"universally acknowledged"

Really. Cite your sources, please; LabourList doesn't count. I expect in the real world, most people would be of the opinion that Gordon probably has difficulty "pwning" his shoelaces in the morning.

As I said, CallMeDave might not be providing as fierce a opposition as he was (and I'm no fan of his either), but trotting out a few pre-rehearsed and written-by-somebody-else jibes, and outright lying at the dispatch box ("They are the party of cuts, we are the party of investment", when he knows ANY party in power will have to make huge cuts due to his wanton borrowing) does NOT equal "pwnage".

A tip you may be able to pass onto Gordon: Stop turnng every question from the Tories/Lib Dems round as a question on THEIR policies. It's not a good look, as the point of PMQs is people asking questions on YOUR policies. Answer them! Also less tractor stats in the answers, this isn't Chinese State Televsion.

Oh, and reduce the number of simpering, sycophantic and so obviously planted questions from the Labour back benches, it's beyond a joke now.