There’s a lot brewing this morning, including PMQs, an election leak, and general discussion of the state of Parliament.
Let’s start with an intriguing snippet: an apparently inadvertent leak of Gordon Brown’s election intentions by Labour Chief Whip, Nick Brown, one of the PM’s closest confidants.
The picture shows a Twitter post from N. Brown to Labour MP, Austin Mitchell. Since the new Speaker will be installed around June 22, that means an August or September election will be called in July, give or take a few weeks.
The Twitter account was subsequently taken down. Oooops!
This is, of course, a breach of protocol. A Dissolution should be a request from Prime Minister to Monarch, not blabbed about on Twitter.
Nick Brown’s head sits uneasily on his shoulders today.
Via Iain Dale’s Diary
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Don’t throw out 646 babies with the bathwater
In his press conference last evening, Gordon Brown was in “Save the world” mode — again.
Having done his bit to subvert and corrupt Parliament over the past 12 years, Brown now poses as the Great Reformer on a personal mission to clean up politics. One could be excused for feeling physically sick during his performance.
Do we want this moral wreck of a man to poke about in the soul of our Constitution? I can hear the howls of rage from here in deepest Devon.
We are now to have a new Speaker foisted on us by a Labour dominated House of Commons, and promoted, I’ve no doubt, by the man who gave us Michael Martin.
I’m rapidly coming to what might be called the Widdy Option — after Ann Widdecombe — of a temporary Speaker (Widdy herself?) to see out the remainder of this Parliament.
Already, leftish commentators are writing about a totally new Constitution, where sovereignty will rest with “the people”, not Parliament. That effectively abolishes the Constitutional Monarchy, characterized by the “Queen in Parliament”.
Let’s get this straight, the public is not angry with the Queen, or even Parliament. The general anger is targeted on Gordon Brown himself and the pig of a party he leads. In the mood of the times, my profound apologies to pigs everywhere.
Constitutional change must begin with what we want to retain, not what the Left wants to get rid of. That means the great principles that underpin the system and hold the revolutionaries at bay.
What we must chuck out is the class-based shop steward system introduced by a sizeable block of Scottish cronies around Brown, including Michael Martin. That should be dumped into landfill at a depth at which it’s unrecoverable.
Only a Conservative Government under David Cameron can do this with full public confidence.
If Nick Brown is right about the election, we may yet enjoy the glorious summer promised us by the Met Office.
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Two very entertaining encounters between the Opposition leaders and Gordon Brown were laid out before us at this morning’s Prime Minister’s Questions.
David Cameron once again shone a searching light on Brown’s inadequacies.
He spat out his first question: why did the PM say that a quick General Election would mean “chaos”?
Brown tried so hard to be slick but, as usual, stumbled oafishly. Because a Conservative Government would mean spending cuts, he gloated.
Eh? Don’t we have the highest government debt in peacetime history, one which our grandchildren will still be paying off?
Cameron left that hanging in the air by chortling: so he acknowledges the Conservatives will win the election then!
Spending cuts, mouthed Brown, cutting his own throat in the process.
I counted only four questions by Cameron, but they ended in a flurry of fury with his peroration, which left Brown in no-man’s land. “The Prime Minister calls an election chaos. I call it change. When can we have one?”
Spending cuts …
Cleggie was in cracking form again too, and facing an inevitable barrage of snorting from Labour proles. After his first question, Speaker Martin — yes, the old goat is still there — called someone else.
Clegg stood his ground. “I have two questions, Mr Speaker”.
Martin fumbled. “I thought you asked two questions in your first one.”
Clegg laughed it off and continued.
The Speaker is in demob mood and may be troublesome in the weeks ahead.
Martin, vanishingly small.
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