Tag Archives: UK parliament

The Blair B*tch Project

Tony Blair today attacked claims that this summer’s riots were fuelled by “moral decline” and warned that talk of a broken society risked damaging Britain’s reputation. In a rare intervention into domestic politics, the former Prime Minister issued a stark warning that ”muddle-headed analysis” of the recent riots by left and right-wing politicians was in […]

Left Behind

Please excuse this extended exercise in textual analysis. I’m quoting from a form letter which was the response to a constituent’s enquiry by Maria Miller, the minister for disabled people: I believe that the Government owes a duty to disabled people to promote their independence and equality and I also believe that it has a […]

Kettling Zombies

It’s really annoying. You go to all the trouble of arranging a Royal Zombie Wedding Celebration and nobody comes… …because they’re kettled by the police a few blocks away being stopped and searched, questioned, arrested and drug tested. “Sorry son, you’re positive for formaldehyde. We’ll have to take you in…” We asked if we could […]

Widders ‘n Orfens

Downing Street has apologised to Gerry Adams after the prime minister said he had accepted a Crown title. David Cameron told the House of Commons Mr Adams had accepted the title in order to resign his Westminster seat. This was disputed by the Sinn Fein President who said he had not applied and had received […]

Every PM needs a Willie…

At the risk of sounding like I’m continuing a theme… Lord Mandelson displays a gift for comic timing after being asked by Tory MP Peter Luff if he is Gordon Brown’s “Willie”. Mr Luff, chairman of the Commons business committee, was referring to Margaret Thatcher’s famous comment about her deputy prime minister William Whitelaw – […]

Right Dishonourable Members: Hoist by your own canard

A Tory MP is to retire after admitting he claimed a £1,645 “duck island” on expenses – as two Labour ministers face questions over capital gains tax. Sir Peter Viggers, whose gardening claims totalled £30,000, is to quit at “the direct request of David Cameron”. Meanwhile Gordon Brown defended James Purnell and Geoff Hoon, saying […]