How the meaning of a word changes in context, eh?
1 more MP for the Liberal Democrats
That's going to make for a very awkward family Christmas Dinner
"Something, something, leopards eating *my* face" reaction now dawning on the ever decreasing number of Tory MPs
Jo Johnson wasn't messing about with what message he wanted to send. No heads-up to Number 10, timed to occur during the PM lobby briefing
Never interrupt an enemy when they're making a mistake definitely applies here
Anyway onwards and sideways with this thread as events continue to happen in a week that's every bit as chaotic and frightening as I thought it would be (and then some)
They started debating the second reading of the #BennBill about an hour and half ago
Catching up on when we can expect votes and when we're going to get the rest of the stages (if necessary the rest of...
Timing interesting as it's trying to exploit the split in the Labour Party at the moment on whether to go for a General Election once...
Just . . . damn
Johnson (B) looking even less like a functioning PM, let alone functioning Party Leader
That's not what you do to your advisers if your want to keep your advisers on-side
Does speak very well to this Government's incredibly cavalier attitude towards Northern Ireland
Or to put it another way - just how much they don't give a sh*t about NI, the Assembly, or ongoing peace
There is apparently no depths that Mogg won't descend to
Seriously, Mogg just compared Dr Nicholl's very reasonable concerns about medical issues and No Deal Brexit with the anti-vaxxer crank and discredited former doctor Andrew Wakefield
This week has pointed out just how shabby and shambolic things are as a Johnson government plays power-posturing...
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity"
Apparently Nina Houghton thinks she's in Parliament to only represent those constituents who voted for her. Fascinating insight into the mind of this particular Labour MPs' mind. If I was her constituent I'd be querying her on this
Precis of section (Independent still not doing links to specific posts in it's live feed):
Boris Johnson could refuse to implement the 3-month Brexit extension and instead resign
*throws hands into air*
Okay, why not
Rome is burning so it's time to play that fiddle
Or at least some kind of music
The Supreme civil court could release Downing St documents about the decision to prorogue Parliament
Judges are considering ordering unredacted docs from Downing St in...
Justices considering releasing documents in the interest of open justice
It's been a quiet day so far, and nothing of significance has or is expected to happen
—is not something that's remotely true
It's a use of language that inherently tries to cast EU countries as being inferior to the UK, or in some way...
So far it's lasted 3 hrs and 37 minutes so it looks like a Friday sitting to deal with the rest of the stages is now a certainty (it kind of was anyway to accommodate the expected amendments...
In the shock of 21 Tory MPs suddenly being forcibly stripped of being Tory MPs I forgot that this has done something very interesting to a bit of Parliamentary maths
There might just now be enough now-Independent votes to get a...
Admittedly I haven't heard anything from Grieve or Letwin suggesting that...
Think there might be some very interesting conversations between MPs going on right now and through the weekend
"In just 72 hours, nearly 200,000 people have applied to register to vote - and more than half of them are under 35, according to official government figures"
That's going to put the wind right up the Government
Relatively few will vote for the Conservatives
Okay then, this could be a long one
Keeping my ears open for when we reach the Norman Conquest
Although possibly occurring as a mistake of hearing or understanding
So in fact no call to start winding up the debate
On we go then
Which once again leads to the question of the Speaker's ruling on Government's not...
My instinct on this is that the over-arching constitutional nature of the consequences of the motion may allow this motion to...
Going to be a case of wait-and-see on that one
Shadow Minister on his feet in the Lords
Looks like we're heading to wrap up on the debate of the Second Reading and something approaching a vote
Shadow minister asking for assurance that the Bill will be given Royal Assent in a timely manner without tricks or shifting
"That gravy boat isn't a Government motion, Boris. You can pass it you know"
...as is the custom of the House of Lords. They don't vote against the end of the second reading and the move to the Committee stage of any Bill
Which isn't going well
Didn't hit the briefed lines
That sounds like somebody who still thinks he has something up his sleeve
I believe he has a window to prorogue Parliament from Monday to Thursday next week
Tuesday - Johnson forcing a vote of No Confidence in his own confidence?
Wednesday - A Johnson resignation as PM?
Watch the pound tumble I think is the...
According to reports the UK went into EU negotiations wanting the backstop "radically reduced"
Word coming back is that the words being used on the EU side is "exasperating" and "disastrous"
The doctor's outside Parliament calling Mogg out and challenging him to say that outside the bounds of Parliamentary privilege with an open threat to sue
*from the sidelines* "Sensible!"
Yeah, sensible isn't happening. This is about Brexit after all
Interesting, if true
Independent MP Luciana Berger joined the Liberal Democrats to become Liberal Democrat MP Luciana Berger - a notably better fit than a certain other somebody
Jo Johnson resigned both as a Minister...
Timed it to coincide with the PM Lobby briefing *but* interestingly did tell his brother (the PM) last night about it, and Johnson (B) didn't let his advisers know
You'd be forgiven for feeling that there's an awful lot of...
—and did so with an expression on his face like a man who just felt the world fall out his bottom
Or indeed a man who just realised that maybe - just maybe - he has nothing because...
Oh Goddess, yes
But it goes deeper than that
Stopped with the personal ambition of being The One
Stopped with the ambitions of getting good headlines
Stopped with the ambitions of getting a legacy that will last a hundred years
Stopped thinking that this is a f*cking game
This is people's lives and needs being left behind whilst the funding that could have sorted out massive problems in the UK is instead being p*ssed away by the vainglorious enterprise of a bunch of selfish pricks who long for the "glory days of the Empire"
For all that his declaration that this is a personal decision he is name-checking Brexit dominating politics as being part of that reason
Somebody mentioned that Cummings knows and uses game theory
Cummings knows game theory the way a banana knows Bohemian Rhapsody
I remember the pound being forced from the ERM and the political situation wasn't anywhere near as fraught or chaotic as this
And make no mistake, Black Wednesday was a fraught and chaotic situation
Now, I'm still expecting stuff to happen, and so I'm going to keep the thread open
But in the meantime I'm going to have a soak in the bath
If you like what I do I have a GoFundMe raising money to help pay for all the parts of my transition that the NHS doesn't cover, which is nearly all of my transition
Hopefully Labour will realise the benefits of sticking to the long game
That's what's undoing Johnson. He's got very little understanding of leadership or control so can be baited very easily
It's why he's looked so bad at PMQs and at the despatch box
Don't give him room to breathe or set the agenda
Just keep on producing stuff that baits him and keeps him off balance
As in this
Hell, Larry would be a good choice at the moment
3 working days of Parliament with Johnson as the PM and this is what he's achieved
You've got to wonder how Johnson will make things worse next week
It's a certainty that he will though
Nice to see the BBC has reached the "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday" part of my thread
Hail our Insect Overlords—I'm going to bed
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