The reports in this morning’s MSM on yesterday’s session in the House of Posturing Peacocks demonstrate nicely how reports from witnesses of the same event never agree in the particulars. Everybody has seen something different even though they agree that ‘an event’ took place.
The various writers and reporters were clear on one point: a car crash did take place. That was the expected decision of the Speaker John Bercow to reject the clear vote on Johnson’s deal. It felt like High Noon in the Westminster corral, Bercow regarding himself as the sheriff. Reports say he spoke for eight minutes. Friends and colleagues – let me assure you, it felt as if he was speaking for eight hours!
His ‘explanation’ may have been eight minutes long, but it was followed by a debate where he again took at least twice as long to refute the questions and points of order made to him by MPs. His mantra is ‘never use three words where ten will do as well’.
While we were watching Bercow perform, a colleague wrote: “JRM will shortly return with silver handled antique pistols and place them on the dispatch box, then take out a silk glove, and then… “ – well, we had to alleviate the tedium!
The Remain peacocks, not disappointing us in their show of plain ineptitude, nevertheless managed to produce some more stellar proof of that ineptitude. For example, Jo Swinson, LibDem, accused the PM of breaking his word (!) because he’d sent the letter demanded of him in the Surrender Bill! Well, he only ‘obeyed the Law’, as she had demanded … hadn’t she understood that?
Meanwhile, Labour MPs were seeing conspiracies everywhere, perpetrated by the PM who surely must be hiding something! Iain Duncan Smith skewered the demands for a 2nd Referendum asking if they were going to tell voters: “we didn’t trust you last time, now you have to trust us that we will trust you again on a second referendum?” Indeed!
Next came ‘Urgent questions’ – one from Mr Corbyn about why the text of that Bill (it’s now officially the WAIB, the ‘Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill) hadn’t been made available. Steve Barclay, Minister of DExEU, politely pointed out to him that the convention demanded such texts to be made available to MPs on the next working day which happened to be this Monday after that Saturday. Ah well … more time wasted.
Next the Leader of the House uncurled from the bench and gave his business statement. Never has this routine event become so eagerly anticipated, never has it been so entertaining! JRM has a way of killing the opposition with kindness that is unsurpassed. The best example was when he told Bercow that “I, like you, Mr Speaker, like to hear the sound of my own voice and therefore like to have the House sitting …” He really knows how to slip in the stiletto while his victims keep laughing and don’t notice they’re actually dead.
Jacob Rees-Mogg was followed by Michael Gove who explained to the House that the government is now implementing ‘Operation Yellowhammer’ so as to be fully prepared should there be a ‘No Deal’ exit on October 31st, whereupon opposition MPs screamed that this was ‘an artificial date’. They had still not grasped that this date is the Law, not just something dreamed up by the PM.
Winding down, the last wails came from opposition MPs who were aghast that they had 110 pages of that Bill to read overnight for today’s debate. They were like kids complaining to their teacher that reading is too difficult …
Inevitably, Remain MPs were united in howling that the timetable was far too short to scrutinise the Bill. It must have escaped their notice that they’ve been debating versions of if for what felt like three hundred years. It has also escaped their notice that we all know that their faux outrage is simply their trying to veil their true aim – to prevent Brexit altogether.
Unto today’s events then. This is what will be happening today in that House of Posturing Peacocks. It is indeed another crucial day:
“Today there will be two important Brexit votes in the Commons. The first will be the bill’s second reading. Labour is preparing to abstain on this vote, so it should pass easily. Shortly afterwards there will be a vote on what is known as the programme motion. This, in effect, is the parliamentary timetable for the remaining stages of the bill. […] If the programme motion is defeated it means that there is nothing to stop MPs who oppose the bill from talking it out beyond the October 31 deadline.” (link, paywalled)
Reinforcing this point is this paragraph:
“The prime minister has little to no chance of driving the bill through the Commons before the end of the month if MPs vote down the so-called programme motion, which sets out the number of hours for which it will be debated, on which days and when votes will be held. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons, tacitly admitted as much when he said: “People who do not vote for the programme motion will not be voting for Brexit on October 31.” (link, paywalled)
The Programme Motion is crucial because this is where the whole thing can become derailed:
“If the Programme Motion falls, MPs will be free to string out the debate on the Bill for weeks potentially delaying the UK’s exit for weeks to a date to be agreed with the EU.” (paywalled link)
If the Programme Motion gets through, the HoC will debate the whole thing tomorrow:
“[…] in what is known as a “committee of the whole House” because of its constitutional significance. During this period MPs will be able to put forward amendments in line by line scrutiny of the Bill.” (paywalled link)
The MSM reporters are speculating on those prospective amendments, but we must keep in mind that the aim of such amendments is to wreck Brexit, not to make Brexit smooth and easy. Here’s what the unsurpassed Sir John Redwood writes in his Diary this morning about such amendments – I prefer quoting him because he knows more about Brexit, amendments and HoC shenanigans than our ever so esteemed MSM ‘correspondents’:
“They may wish to move amendments during committee stage to add a second referendum or a full customs union or single market membership or one of the many other permutations they have argued for over the last long three years since the referendum decision they regret. Anyone of these if carried could be unacceptable to the government, and in some cases could require returning to Brussels for renegotiation were Parliament able and willing to proceed with the legislation despite the government” (link)
That’s it in a nutshell – Sir John Redwood needs just a few sentences were the MSM write whole articles … It is indeed an ‘ambitious timetable’ the Government is putting forward. It feels as if No 10 is tightening the screws on the Rogue Parliament. I can’t help but give way to a secret little snigger because the Remain Harlots have brought this on themselves:
“MPs will sit until 10.30pm today and past midnight tomorrow in the ambitious timetable that would see the implementing legislation passed to the Lords on Friday if the Commons approves it. The House of Lords will then be asked to sit over the weekend before the legislation returns to the Commons on Monday with a view to gaining royal assent the next day. The Commons leader said the schedule was needed to ensure that the deal was in place before October 31, the deadline the EU set for departure after the first Brexit delay in March. […] Jacob Rees-Mogg […] said last night that it was possible that MPs “could sit through the night for three nights” if it is what MPs want to do.” (paywalled link)
Yes: make them work for once, make them sit into the night! The time is running out for the Remain Harlots. Their bloviating, posturing and ‘amending’ so Brexit can be killed off is coming to an end. It’s cards on the table, for all of us to see. The longer they keep thwarting what is not just the Law of the Land but EU Law the more of us voters outside their cosy Westminster Bubble realise what inept, lying and corrupt representatives we have elected in good faith.
I’ll keep watching and noting what transpires in the HoC today and in the coming days. Please forgive me if this daily column will therefore appear a bit later than usual. It’s because of the surfeit of dross in the MSM that needs wading through. Still, I’m sure you’ll join me as I