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One of the older rules in politics is to accuse your opponent of your own failings. Thus, at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Theresa May of reneging on her election promises. ‘She talked tough but was it just for the election campaign?’ he asked.
He referred to the Tories’ ‘dumped manifesto’. He said of Mrs May, with all the shock of a dowager exposed to a flasher, ‘she’s gone back on her word!’
Ha - Man - Party - Policy - Brexit
Ha! There he was, the man who had just reversed his own party’s policy on Brexit, the man who had reneged on his election promise to students to deal with their fee-debt problems, and he was accusing his opponent of going back on her word. Classico.
Those of us who thought Mr Corbyn lacked the casual dishonesty of normal party leaders may need to reconsider our view.
Old - Compo - Blatant - Game - Predecessors
It turns out Old Compo is as blatant at this two-faced game as any of his predecessors.
He really is a slimy Establishment politician, after all.
Same - Disillusioneer - Westminster - Slalom - Artiste
Same old, same old, another disillusioneer, another Westminster slalom artiste set to break the hearts of all those voters who thought he was refreshingly different.
Prime Minister’s Questions started three minutes late because the Speaker kept Welsh Questions dragging past midday.
Speaker - Bercow - Point - Control - Self-importance
Speaker Bercow makes it a small point of control and self-importance to ignore the convention that PMQs lasts half an hour from midday. In the same way, he made the House listen to almost an hour of questions about Burma on Monday.
Hundreds of MPs thus were left, twiddling their thumbs as they waited for a Brexit debate that was to follow. No one is any longer much surprised by Bercow’s petty-mindedness. It comes with the country. MPs simply regard him with casual weariness, an obsessive with a tall opinion of himself.
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