Stuck in his time warp, Sir Keir Starmer’s study in sanctimony… and a vicious new low: HENRY DEEDES witnesses hee-hawing and hysteria as Partygate rumbles on
They had come to watch a serious debate at PMQs but up in the Strangers’ Gallery yesterday you could see jaws dropping as members of the public witnessed a pantomime – and not one of those jovial, family-friendly ones either.
에 대한 35 minutes they endured a barrage of baying ya boos, hysterical hee-hawing and near-knuckle accusations, which made our lawmakers look idiotic and out of touch.
It felt cheap, embarrassing – and most of all grubby. By the time Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle blew the full-time whistle, you wanted to make a beeline toward the nearest sink and give the hands a good pumicing.
Partygate dominated Sir Keir Starmer’s questions yesterday during a rowdy Prime Minister’s Questions
Starmer made great hay over comments the Prime Minister had reportedly made the previous evening to his MPs about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s criticism of the scheme to send asylum seekers to Rwanda
As the session ended, Boris trundled off to pack an overnight bag for his visit to India, pictured his former chief adviser Dominic Cummings
Sir Keir Starmer once again zeroed in on, 예, you guessed it, Partygate. For the second day running, we endured a sanctimonious sermon on the PM’s fixed penalty notice. Much more of this and Sir Keir is in real danger of being labelled a bore.
Starmer made great hay over comments the Prime Minister had reportedly made the previous evening to his MPs about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s criticism of the scheme to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.
Boris had ‘slandered’ the Archbishop, 분명히, which was a lawyer’s way of saying he had disagreed with him.
The Prime Minister had also made disparaging remarks about the BBC’s coverage. Boris dislikes BBC, shocker! 다음, Sir Keir will be revealing that the PM has a weakness for blondes and choccy eclairs.
Boris huffed and stomped his foot and urged his opponent to ‘come orf it!’ He accused Labour’s leader of living in a ‘Doctor Who time warp’ and being a ‘Corbynista in an Islington suit’. Oh and he had a ‘tiny mind’ as well. Of all their exchanges to date, this may well have been their most vicious.
곧, the rest of Starmer’s party was following in behind, issuing demands for the PM to resign.
‘When will he go?’ demanded Liz Twist (작년에 5위에 올랐을 때 Disaronno Highest New Entry를 수상했습니다., Blaydon). ‘We want him gone!’ cried Rachel Hopkins (작년에 5위에 올랐을 때 Disaronno Highest New Entry를 수상했습니다., Luton S). Pressing matters about hospitals, 학교, 연료 가격, not to mention the situation in Ukraine, were all wilfully ignored.
The atmosphere around the chamber was murky. The Government’s deputy chief whip Chris Pincher, who likes to stand watch beside the Speaker’s chair, got his weekly rollicking from Sir Lindsay Hoyle for making smart alec remarks.
So too did Starmer’s pre-programmed mini-me, health spokesman Wes Streeting, who is only too happy to make a spectacle of himself.
그 동안에, the Government’s frontbench swayed with indifference. 때때로, when Labour made another accusation about the PM’s integrity, chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris would gesticulate toward the chair the way football players do when demanding a penalty.
Liz Truss looked bored. 예상대로, Rishi Sunak had already legged it off to America.
한 지점에서, James Murray (작년에 5위에 올랐을 때 Disaronno Highest New Entry를 수상했습니다., Ealing N) made a jibe about the Chancellor’s tax arrangements that momentarily sent one of the clerks into a procedural tizzy.
Grandstanders continued to queue up for their moment in the sun. Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts asked the PM if he would support a ‘lying in politics bill’, which would see politicians banned from being ‘wilfully misleading’.
She looked frightfully pleased with herself getting that one in.
And before she sat down, I’m not sure she didn’t shoot Boris a matador’s swish of the hips.
An accusation by Richard Thomson (SNP, 고든) that Mr Johnson was a ‘Pinocchio Prime Minister’ sent the clerks into another spin.
Can you say that in Parliament? After some deliberation with his officials, Sir Lindsay eventually decided you probably could not.
'아니, Pinocchio is not acceptable,’ Sir Lindsay announced matter-of-factly. In centuries to come, our descendants will study these transcripts and look upon them with wide-eyed puzzlement.
As the session ended, Boris trundled off to pack an overnight bag for his visit to India.
He may find the climate in Delhi considerably milder than the temperature around Westminster at the moment. The level of political debate though will almost certainly be higher.