“In no other profession in our country could someone be found guilty by an independent process and just have their mates vote them back into the job,” Rayner, 9/10
Rayner kicked off proceedings by embarrassing the prime minister over reports that he will change parliamentary rules to stop Paterson – who was found to have broken a series of lobbying rules – from being temporarily suspended from parliament.
Johnson said that Paterson’s case hadn’t been treated fairly because his witnesses had given written but not oral evidence and that he deserves a “proper appeal”. But presenting a case in which it appeared that the Tories follow “one rule for them, and one rule for the rest of us”, as Rayner then added, will surely not go down well with voters.
Angela Rayner at #pmqs: “In no other profession in our country could someone be found guilty by an independent proc… https://t.co/xkZADRlCTj
“We are getting on with delivering the people’s priorities,” Johnson, 5/10
Johnson being Johnson, he then tried to change the subject by delivering his usual monologue about how the government has “helped” with wages, hospital building, and all the other statistics he prattles off every week – why not sing along at home? – as he shouted over jeering from Labour.
“Their bills are going up every week and the budget is doing nothing to help them,” Rayner, 8/10
Next, Rayner turned her attention to the Budget and said Johnson had enacted tax cuts for bankers while making things more difficult for ordinary working people. She quoted research by the thinktank the Resolution Foundation that claims household taxes will be £3000 higher than when Johnson took office and savaged him on cuts to defence spending.
Johnson emitted some grandiose waffle about how great the government is in response, while Rayner stared him down like an unimpressed teacher telling their student off.
£4 billion in tax cuts to the bankers. £3,000 in tax rises for everyone else. @AngelaRayner #PMQs
By discussing veterans, tax, and political corruption, she struck emotive chords that will surely resonate with voters and made the Labour Party look like the fair and populist alternative to a group of self-interested elites.
This is something Starmer – whose politics are not as left wing as Rayner – struggles to do and regardless of whose policies would work better in practice, PMQs is a pantomime so it can’t be played by a stagehand.
As Starmer sits stir crazy waiting for his brush with coronavirus to come to an end, we’re sure he’ll do so with pride. This was Rayner’s parliament, everyone else was just living in it.
Wow! @AngelaRayner on fire at #PMQs. The Prime Minister is being reduced to a pile of quivering jelly