Private Members – and other rude words in Parliament

A guest post by Matthew Bailey: Wednesday’s speech by Penny Mordaunt on the Loyal Address has attracted much praise – as well as producing a scramble to find out when the word ‘penis’ was first used in parliamentary debates.  The answer appears to be a Commons adjournment debate in 1952 – on Mental Defectives (Accommodation) […]


This piece, from the BBF, is just genius. Nothing to add.

No fun last week, fun this week?

Three days of the Report stage of the Companies Bill last week ended in a bit of a damp squib. Leading rebel amendments in the name of Patrick Hall, Jon Trickett and Jim Cousins were withdrawn on successive days as the Government announced concessions to the Bill. In the end, there was just one Labour […]

Don’t bet on more casinos (ho, ho! do you see what we’ve done there?)

After a wholly gratuitous but well-deserved link to the BBF for their demolition of The Lamentable Mrs Pritchard, and in the absence of any rebellion during the first day of the final Commons stages of the Companies Bill (concessions ahoy, we feel), there was an interesting vote last night on gambling reform. Labour MP Jim […]

Parliament’s back…

…and a very good new Westminster insider blog is launched. The British Bullshit Foundation is a lot better than its name implies. Highlights so far include a fantastic critique of TV programmes based on Westminster, which includes the following: You can imagine the meeting. Producer: Well, this new drama which is going to lift the […]