Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The Labour Party - a Europe-free zone.


When he finally let it out, the yawn from Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was big enough to swallow the opposition front bench.

As befits our man of arms, he’d been fighting it all the way through  Prime Ministers Questions.

But it was the appearance of Jeremy Corbyn at the despatch box which seemed finally to do for him.
As indeed it seemed for more than a few Labour bedfellows as Hypnos began beckoning.

PMQs has not provided a natural home for the Labour leader since his election.
But it has become even more problematic since he declared it a Europe-free zone.

The trouble is that the Labour Party supports the EU, but as for its leader no-one is sure.
Indeed history suggests he was a fully paid up member of the Up Yours Delors brigade. 

Already at odds with his MPs over Trident, another internal clash he does not need and thus his silence say critics.
The trouble is back in the Commons, Europe is the only game in town and Labour are just are not playing it.

With the Tories already ripping each other’s throats out, Labour MPs were hoping to help.
Or at least they would make their mark as the party united in support of a yes vote in the referendum.

Instead Tom the teacher was trotted out as their leader turned to childcare and class sizes.
As soon as Jeremy got to his feet, his backbenchers - those who hadn’t brought a pillow with them - got on with other work.

On the Tory side, the bully boys hardly bothered looking up and Dave   settled down for a rest before lunch.
Jeremy doesn’t do jokes and he doesn’t do insults, but sadly he doesn’t do PMQs either.

He has yet to crack the code that questions are never answered and PMQs aren’t about asking them.

Today teacher Tom and Jeremy were swept aside as Dave replied to a question never asked with an answer already prepared.
He started with  snarl then moved on to a smirk as he dodged uncomfortable facts with comfortable ease.

By now even Denis Skinner looked sad.

Then finally, as the lunch bell was about to sound, Europe, the Labour Party and its leader were mentioned.
The man who took us into the Common Market the first time, Harold Wilson, would have been 100 next week, we were told.

 Was that Jeremy looking sad?