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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:13 am 
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18th April

It becomes clear that the Home Office under Theresa May has screwed the extradition of Abu Qatada by the simple means of not knowing how long three months is on a calendar.

Nick Clegg's policy adviser leaves the sinking ship. Clegg will now be directionless, as is David Cameron after the loss of Coulson and Hilton.

Tory tax rises on caravans, pasties etc only get through the commons on the strength of Lib Dem votes - more Tories vote against or abstain than ever before, but Lib Dems stay loyal...

Lib Dems start looking for ways to disengage themselves with coalition's projected £10bn of extra welfare cuts.

Cameron releases his Flashman alter-ego on a Tory backbencher who asks a sensible question at PMQ. Widely criticised for it.

Phone hacking files sent up to CPS, including friends of the Prime Minister.

Major demonstrations (unreported on TV) of disabled people in London.

News that inflation is up and wages are down, breeding discontent.

Fuel strike looms again as government remains supine and now not even able to make sensible statements after Maud's cock-up.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:18 am 
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Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
Cameron releases his Flashman alter-ego on a Tory backbencher who asks a sensible question at PMQ. Widely criticised for it.


Somehow missed this one, you got a link or any more information?


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http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/james ... -carswell/
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Some chatter in the Lobby and the tearooms after PMQs about Mr Cameron's rather brutal put-down of Douglas Carswell. Mr Carswell is a Conservative backbencher who has repeatedly raised questions about the Civil Service and its role in British governance.

Mr Carswell asked:

A few weeks ago in this House, I asked to what extent the Prime Minister believed the Sir Humphrey machine was frustrating reform. He said it wasn’t. Last week in Asia, he said Yes Minister was true to life. Can he say what has changed his mind?"

Mr Cameron replied:

I think the Hon Gentleman does need a sense of humour.

It was fairly dismissive and — some Conservative MPs think — a bit rude.

Zac Goldsmith MP (@ZacGoldsmith) has Tweeeted:

Disappointing PMQs. Absolute dismissal of an important Q from @DouglasCarswell re Sir Humphrey

Privately, some Tory MPs think Mr Cameron's answer showed he was rattled.

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Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
18th April

It becomes clear that the Home Office under Theresa May has screwed the extradition of Abu Qatada by the simple means of not knowing how long three months is on a calendar.

Nick Clegg's policy adviser leaves the sinking ship. Clegg will now be directionless, as is David Cameron after the loss of Coulson and Hilton.

Tory tax rises on caravans, pasties etc only get through the commons on the strength of Lib Dem votes - more Tories vote against or abstain than ever before, but Lib Dems stay loyal...

Lib Dems start looking for ways to disengage themselves with coalition's projected £10bn of extra welfare cuts.

Cameron releases his Flashman alter-ego on a Tory backbencher who asks a sensible question at PMQ. Widely criticised for it.

Phone hacking files sent up to CPS, including friends of the Prime Minister.

Major demonstrations (unreported on TV) of disabled people in London.

News that inflation is up and wages are down, breeding discontent.

Fuel strike looms again as government remains supine and now not even able to make sensible statements after Maud's cock-up.


look on the bright side , unemployment is down.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17752753


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:51 am 
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The coalition manages to bury its own good news...

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Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
18th April

It becomes clear that the Home Office under Theresa May has screwed the extradition of Abu Qatada by the simple means of not knowing how long three months is on a calendar.

On PM yesterday they asked her repeatedly if the problem was caused because she had overlooked the fact it is a leap-year. She persistently refused to answer the question.

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I think it may come down to including the day on which the judgement was made in the 3 months, instead of beginning it from the next day, which is the DoJ's guideline on their website (apparently - I haven't looked it up).
If she refused to answer on the leap day question it suggests she doesn't have a clue what happened.
She is being shown to be a lazy minister with no grasp of the detail required - and I don't think she's very bright, either.

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Being cynical, I can't help wondering if the Government rushed out an announcement about Abu Qatada's deportation to draw attention away from the bad press they've been getting about (vitrtually) everything else.


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Messianic Trees wrote:
Being cynical, I can't help wondering if the Government rushed out an announcement about Abu Qatada's deportation to draw attention away from the bad press they've been getting about (vitrtually) everything else.

In which case they've fucked that up too. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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19th April

Abu Qatada affairs rumbles on, with the Times and Independent saying that May ballsed it up. Looking like she might have to swap those kitten heels for a pair of walking boots. May takes a kicking from Yvette Cooper in the House.

Yougov poll shows 13% Labour lead: CON 32%, LAB 45%, LD 8%, OTHERS 16%; APP -39. This would be a Labour majority of 96.

Baroness Warsi plumbs hidden shallows on Question Time, including the stunning statement that the world is global.

Michael Portillo announces he will not be voting for the Tory candidate in the London Mayorals. Will be voting for the toothsome but hopeless Benita

After attempting to restart the tanker drivers scare, said drivers say they are heading back to UCAS and not striking in the foreseeable.

Government takes on TPA wonk in an attempt to sort out the post-budget clusterfuck. Widely criticised.

Independent analyses Tory attempts at post-budget spin.

Daily Mail reports street crime at the highest level for 10 years.

Tory backbenches start rumblings of revolt over plans to reform the Lords.

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ACAS, Malc. Not UCAS.
:)

Otherwise, well, it's difficult to call it funny, but it sure as hell ain't sad.

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ACAS, Malc. Not UCAS.
:)

Otherwise, well, it's difficult to call it funny, but it sure as hell ain't sad.


Deformation professionelle...

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Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
19th April

Abu Qatada affairs rumbles on, with the Times and Independent saying that May ballsed it up. Looking like she might have to swap those kitten heels for a pair of walking boots. May takes a kicking from Yvette Cooper in the House.

Yougov poll shows 13% Labour lead: CON 32%, LAB 45%, LD 8%, OTHERS 16%; APP -39. This would be a Labour majority of 96.

Baroness Warsi plumbs hidden shallows on Question Time, including the stunning statement that the world is global.

Michael Portillo announces he will not be voting for the Tory candidate in the London Mayorals. Will be voting for the toothsome but hopeless Benita

After attempting to restart the tanker drivers scare, said drivers say they are heading back to UCAS and not striking in the foreseeable.

Government takes on TPA wonk in an attempt to sort out the post-budget clusterfuck. Widely criticised.

Independent analyses Tory attempts at post-budget spin.

Daily Mail reports street crime at the highest level for 10 years.

Tory backbenches start rumblings of revolt over plans to reform the Lords.


yeah but look on the bright side , unemployment is down.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17752753


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Patrick100 wrote:
yeah but look on the bright side , unemployment is down.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17752753

And VAT on ski-lifts has been slashed from 20% to 5%.

The fact that there are many ski-lifts in Danny Alexander's constituency is entirely coincidental.

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April 20th

A slightly less-bad day today.

Abu Qatada row continues, no-one believes Teresa May. Government being bullish, but convincing no-one.

Tim Montgomerie (often seen as voice of grassroots Tories) lashes Cameron.
The Government's tax policy has been called a "shambles" after it was announced plans to cap tax reliefs claimed by the rich would be the subject of a formal consultation.
Britain's attempts to make radical changes to the European Court of Human Rights were in tatters last night after experts said they amounted to little more than ‘tinkering’.
Guardian publishes story linking Cameron's father and family fortune to tax avoidance on the grand scale.
Disabled workers from Remploy effectively skewer Cameron over closure of the company.
Government performs secret U Turn over nuclear power subsidies.

And it looks like Dave won't escape unscathed from the Murdoch's testimony before Leveson next week...

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