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Prime Ministers Questions November 23 2022

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was grilled on Scottish Independence and the forthcoming recession – and as usual provided few answers.

I was live-tweeting during the session, and my comments look like this:

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If Streeting called Corbyn senile, should he continue as Shadow Health Secretary?

Wes Streeting: he thinks it’s funny to accuse a Parliamentary colleague of having a serious illness.

Shiny New New Labour poster boy Wes Streeting has apologised for calling Jeremy Corbyn “senile” in Parliament. But is that really enough?

There’s no good video clip of this, it seems. Streeting was caught on a hot mic saying, “He’s gone senile” after Mr Corbyn tried to raise a point of order about Rishi Sunak’s insistence on continuing to tell falsehoods about him during Prime Minister’s Questions.

This is the best available:

Streeting later apologised, saying the comment was made “in jest, but I accept in poor taste”.

He added: “I’ve dropped Jeremy a note directly to apologise for any offence caused.”

But is that really enough?

This is the Shadow Health Secretary using a health-related slur. It not only belittled Mr Corbyn but attacked anybody suffering from dementia.

Mr Corbyn himself pointed this out later. He said he had been “subjected to an appalling and defamatory mental health slur” but accepted the apology.

He also said calling somebody senile was “not funny” and “very serious for people suffering from dementia”.

And he added: “The right thing for somebody in his [Streeting’s] position to do would be to issue a public apology to all those who may have been hurt by his comments.”

Has he done so? Not to This Writer’s knowledge.

And am I right in thinking this may not be the first time people in poor health have been ridiculed by the words of the Shadow Health Secretary?

This is not acceptable – by anyone other than the current Labour Party leader, it seems.

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Prime Minister’s Questions – November 9 2022 [VIDEO]

Questions over the resignation of Gavin Williamson and the future of other Cabinet members he appointed dogged Rishi Sunak in his third Prime Minister’s Questions.

The new PM was struggling from the outset and this performance will only further undermine any belief that he has what it takes to lead the UK through the cost of living crisis and the coming recession.

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Rishi Sunak nailed over peerages for lockdown partygoers

Rishi Sunak’s third Prime Minister’s Questions started badly for the struggling new prime minister, when he was asked to deny peerages to any Tory who received a fine for partying during Covid-19 lockdown.

This Writer doesn’t like the questioner – Neil Coyle is a far-right Labour MP who was once suspended from the party for alleged racism against a British-Chinese journalist, and who has been accused of anti-Semitism.

None of what he did today (November 9, 2022) should excuse him of those transgressions if he committed them.

But the point he raised was good and deserves to be amplified at a time when there are concerns that former prime minister Boris Johnson is trying to use the honours system to give perks to political friends who don’t deserve them.

Shaun Bailey, the former London mayoral candidate who faced a backlash for attending a mid-lockdown Christmas party (and who also happens to belong to an ethnic minority – I mention this with reference to the allegations against Coyle but would merely observe that it was probably unwise for him to raise this question, considering his history), was also said to be on the former prime minister’s list.

And his line that Tories who jeered at him could “all go to Australia and eat kangaroo testicles for all I care”, in recognition of Matt Hancock’s imminent appearance on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, is a good one.

Sunak proved once again that he is a weak prime minister; he didn’t answer the question and instead fell back on a list of what he says the Tory government did – a list that many may find objectionable:

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Caught in a lie: so much for Sunak’s claim of integrity

PMQs: this might even be the moment, on October 26, when Rishi Sunak uttered the lie.

Rishi Sunak lied to Parliament during his very first Prime Minister’s Questions, according to the verification organisation Full Fact.

Here’s what researchers there have discovered:

Sunak’s words were clear, and implied clearly that he had seen information showing that a record number of dwellings had been built.

But no such information exists – or it would have been handed to Full Fact.

He lied.

Deliberately misleading Parliament in such a way is a serious breach of the Ministerial Code.

Boris Johnson is currently facing an investigation of claims that he lied to Parliament, that could lead to him being stripped of his job as an MP.

Sunak’s transgression is not quite as bad – but it is clear that he should be recalled to the Commons to set the record straight and apologise for trying to mislead us all.

And his claims of honesty and integrity now lie in tatters.

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Another perspective on PMQs – it’s even worse for Rishi Sunak than we thought

This is excellent from Phil Moorhouse on A Different Bias.

It seems Rishi Sunak’s claims of integrity are in ruins – because he chose the stability of the Conservative Party over the good name of his government.

There are many excellent points teased out in this clip and I heartily recommend it:

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Rishi on the ropes again – in only his second Prime Minister’s Questions

Rishi Sunak’s second PMQs has shown that he really doesn’t have what it takes.

Challenged over the mess Suella Braverman is making of the Home Office, Sunak tried to defend her but ended up merely confirming what he had been asked – that she has carte blanche to cause any harm she likes.

And his insistence on harping back to falsehoods about former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was tired when Boris Johnson was doing it.

Here’s the whole sorry half-hour. See for yourself.

It isn’t just This Site that can see Sunak is in trouble, either.

Here’s Sky News:

Already the scandals are mounting up. How long will this replacement prime minister last?

An alternative view of PMQs – and it echoes Vox Political

I promised to publish alternative takes on Prime Minister’s Questions – and here’s one now.

But it doesn’t say much that I haven’t already.

There’s a bit of context: Rishi Sunak recycled lots of Boris Johnson’s old lines against the Labour Party because he was coached by Michael Gove, apparently.

But much of the rest of the commentary follows This Writer’s initial take, as PMQs was happening:

What do you think?

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Rishi Sunak’s first Prime Minister’s Questions: unoriginal, unimpressive… unconvincing

Rishi Sunak underwent a baptism of fire in his first Prime Minister’s Questions – and it didn’t go well.

On the ropes just minutes in, Sunak was forced to rely on stock answers from Boris Johnson’s time as prime minister – that nobody really believed even then. Fewer still believe them now.

His excuses about the reappointment of Suella Braverman as Home Secretary, and his evasions on policy matters including the cost of living and energy generation, were painful to hear.

Watch for yourself if you can bear it:

This Writer was commentating on Twitter and I provide my insights (such as they are) as a guide to the issues until such time as wiser heads can offer their own:

Ironic?

Here’s that recording:

That should be “in the developed world”.

Liz Truss faces her third Prime Minister’s Questions. Will they be her last?

Liz Truss fielded her third PMQs amid an atmosphere of extreme discontent with her handling of the affairs of government.

How well do YOU think she managed?

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