PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers
- Sign up to see last 24 hours
Dont have an account?Sign up here
Thursday 2nd October 2014
Have Business Minister Matt Hancock’s attempts to join in the spirit of National Poetry Day just backfired?
Hancock's Twitter account retweeted the following poem:
The party run by young Ed
Is quietly going quite dead
Bereft of ideas
Quite full of queers
No wonder the fait[hful have fled]
It was subsequently deleted, but Politwoops has the details here.
Hancock has apologised for the tweet:
Previous RT was a total accident. I wholeheartedly disagree with offensive comment in the tweet & am incredibly sorry for any offence caused— Matt Hancock (@matthancockmp) October 2, 2014
Wednesday 1st October 2014
Online parody superstars Casetteboy have rewarded David Cameron's conference speech with a spectacular mash-up of previous addresses that really has to be seen to be believed.
If you've ever wanted to see the PM pledge a "tax on sticking plasters" and talk up the Tories having the "bravery to bring back slavery", you're in for a treat.
Note: NSFW, as they say.
Thursday 25th September 2014
Political reform in Britain isn’t usually a particularly quick process.
It's comforting to know that the House of Lords, with speculation that it could be part of the solution to the current storm raging about the powers available to Scotland and English regions, is slogging on regardless.
As the BBC’s Mark D’Arcy noted, the latest candidates to join the Red Benches have produced some unique pitches as to why they should be chosen by their peers in the forthcoming hereditary by-election.
Here are some of the best from the document:
I and my family having served this country in peace and war for more than seven centuries and from field, dock, warehouse, office... – Lord Harlech’s list of locations where his ancestors have served is cruelly cut short by the 75-word limit.
My politics started when I was seven years old, addressing envelopes in Paddington North – Lord Kennet takes career politician to a whole new level.
I have a lifelong interest in Politics – Lord Oriel knows his audience.
Judge at London 2012 Olympics – Show jumping – Lord Rowallan seems to have copy and pasted his CV.
I am an entrepreneur of mixed successes in the food and beverage business – Lord Somerleyton fails to inspire complete confidence in his business credentials.
In 1900 4th Lord Sudeley was made bankrupt and lost his seat in the House of Lords because his creditors were allowed to enlarge their claims without their being independently and adequately audited. Sudeley recovered his seat and used it to provide us with guide lecturers for museums. I would like to introduce a Bill to prevent any further creditors from enlarging their claims in the same way – Lord Sudeley seems to have spotted an opportunity to scratch a 114-year itch.
The outcome of the by-election will be announced on 22 October. Watch this space.
Thursday 25th September 2014
Nigel Farage has finally cracked and professed his undying love for Europe.
No, not those banana-straightening Brussels bureaucrats, but the formidable Ryder Cup side hoping to trounce America over the weekend.
In this promotional video from bookies Paddy Power we’re treated to the Ukip leader in full golfer’s attire (a look Alan Partridge might dub ‘sports casual’), as he pays tribute to “the wine, the food, the excellent transport systems, the clogs, and the greatest golfers in the world.”
He also singles out the US side’s Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, and Webb Simpson for abuse - “they’re not names, they’re just noises!” - and takes a pop at Tiger Woods’ back injury. All very sporting, we're sure.
Editor's note: an earlier version of this blog, littered with puns such as 'Cameron will be Teed Off' and 'Will Clacton be a hole-in-one for Ukip?' was removed under an EU Directive on the preservation of comedy.
Wednesday 24th September 2014
If any MPs are hungover on the last day of Labour conference, we know who to blame.
Caroline Flint, Gloria de Piero and Angela Eagle were among the new bar staff at the Rovers Return last night, when half of the Labour party descended on Coronation Street.
Other guests at the Mirror party included the three Eds (Miliband, Balls and Izzard) and Lord Prezza.
But which one of them was spotted gamely hitting the dancefloor at midnight? They don't call him Ed 'snake hips' Balls for nothing, you know...