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Sequin | 10:32 UK time, Wednesday, 20 May 2009

In the style of the Speaker I shall make this brief.

Eddie's away.
It's me today.

Speak later.


  • 1. At 10:37am on 20 May 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Good morning Sequin. Thank goodness that picture of the Speaker has moved.

    No AM Glass Box today? Is that experiment over?

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  • 2. At 10:39am on 20 May 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Good morning, Sequin. How well you did yesterday in capturing the excitement of the moment but - a thought occurs to me! How is it that you and James Naughtie are so frequently together in the same place? I think we should be told! ;o)

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  • 3. At 10:46am on 20 May 2009, Scotch Git wrote:

    Re: Speaker of the Commons to resign this afternoon. (comment #16)

    I saw nothing in your comment that would justify its removal. Did you recieve an explanation?

    perturbed git

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  • 4. At 10:51am on 20 May 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    Morning Sequin!!!

    and how lovely to have you take on the news today


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  • 5. At 11:05am on 20 May 2009, annasee wrote:

    Not just brief, but poetic too!

    Imagine if michael Martin had managed to put his speech into verse. Now that would have been really something.

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  • 6. At 11:06am on 20 May 2009, Richard_SM wrote:

    Westminster MPs not controlled by political parties:

    Derek Conway
    Dai Davies
    George Galloway
    Andrew Pelling
    Clare Short
    Bob Spink
    Dr Richard Taylor
    Robert Wareing

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  • 7. At 11:09am on 20 May 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Ah. Eddie's had to resign at last over the serious matter of hiding the key to the drinks cabinet, then? It was only a matter of time.

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  • 8. At 11:24am on 20 May 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    RSM 6, Didn't Spink once say something like most criminals are black? I wasn't listening too closely, but didn't he defend Martin rather strongly?

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  • 9. At 11:28am on 20 May 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh, Richard, so we should suggest Derek Conway for Speaker, eh? I think he'd rather enjoy that position, don't you? But, but, but .....

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  • 10. At 12:00pm on 20 May 2009, Richard_SM wrote:

    Ref 9. Big Sister

    I'm not saying what you should do with them. What would you like to do with them? I'm just pointing out which MP's are not servants of a party. ;-)

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  • 11. At 12:13pm on 20 May 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Richard: I daren't tell you here what I'd like to do with Derek Conway as I'm quite certain I'd be modded.

    Clare Short for Speaker? Now, there's an idea! :)

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  • 12. At 12:14pm on 20 May 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Hi Sequin!

    re Mr Speaker, should we not keep the current national flavour and have dear old George Galloway?

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  • 13. At 12:17pm on 20 May 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Richard - are there any that have emerged squeaky clean from the expenses scandal?

    Maybe they should get someone entirely different for Speaker (not an MP) to fill in until the next election. Someone we can all trust. Eddie? Sequin? Jeremy Paxman? John Humphreys? Bring Hugh back from Baghdad?

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  • 14. At 12:18pm on 20 May 2009, Charlie wrote:

    Sequin, welcome!

    Presumably, we'll also have the pleasure of your company on Friday, as Eddie's hosting "Any Questions"..?

    S-g 3

    Not a word..! Frankly, I don't understand it...

    "There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny.

    Frederick W. Robertson (English Preacher b.1840 )"

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  • 15. At 12:21pm on 20 May 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps, please.

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  • 16. At 12:22pm on 20 May 2009, mittfh wrote:

    How about the good Doctor? :)
    On the other hand, he may wish to retire from politics at the end of this term, and as it's possibly a marginal seat (well, it was Blue until 1997, Red until 2001, and Independent since) the Lib Dems may not want to stand aside this time...

    Or, if Martin Bell decides to stand in the current Speaker's by-election, how about appointing a temporary speaker until then...

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  • 17. At 12:22pm on 20 May 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Charlie - Are you sure about AQ? According to their website, Jonathan is hosting (as usual) ...

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  • 18. At 12:27pm on 20 May 2009, RachelG wrote:

    Hi Carolyn. Can we please have Kathy Clugston's ukelele version of Upshares on the programme tonight?

    Would post the link, but it will get modded, so look at her Twitter for it. It's much better than the current effort.

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  • 19. At 12:37pm on 20 May 2009, Charlie wrote:

    Big Sister 17

    Well, that's what I heard (I think...)

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  • 20. At 12:39pm on 20 May 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Big Sister: I've heard it too, several times.

    Horse, while you're up there, could I have a G and T? Cheers.

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  • 21. At 12:45pm on 20 May 2009, Charlie wrote:

    Big Sister 17

    ...in fact I know that's what I heard...

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  • 22. At 12:51pm on 20 May 2009, Stephen - Leader of STROP wrote:

    Charlie, Big Sister and Lady_Sue,

    I can confirm, quite categorically, that I think I heard JD say at the end of AA on Sat that EM would be in the chair this week. Probably

    I hope that helps

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  • 23. At 12:51pm on 20 May 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    What's that strange low pitched hum?

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  • 24. At 12:53pm on 20 May 2009, Charlie wrote:

    SLoS 22


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  • 25. At 12:53pm on 20 May 2009, Dr Bee wrote:

    Lady_Sue @13 - great idea... actually while we're about it why coudn't we have a talent contest for it? :D

    Yes, I definitely heard Jonathan say that Eddie would be hosting AQ at the end of last week's AQ.

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  • 26. At 12:55pm on 20 May 2009, Dr Bee wrote:

    hmmm - maybe I can't be so definite after all - maybe it was AA @22 lol! Never pays to be definite - hmmph!

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  • 27. At 12:55pm on 20 May 2009, Charlie wrote:

    DI_W 23

    ...oh, now I see, sorry... you said "hum".

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  • 28. At 12:56pm on 20 May 2009, Stephen - Leader of STROP wrote:

    DiY (23)

    Now you've mentioned it, we shall all go mad hearing it. I trust you will accept the blame - and my medical bills.


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  • 29. At 1:02pm on 20 May 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    Carolyn Quinn is in the House!

    Whom is this Edward she speaks of - this Edward, whose absence is seemingly of some significance for something to somebody?

    I think he is keeping his cards close to his chest - David Cameron that is. Opposition leader - but I suspect he may want an early General Election.

    I dont get that from anything he says - although currently it is the ONLY thing he says - but get it from his body language. David, David.

    Imagine you got your wish - and Gordon Brown called it. For a few weeks hence.

    Just imagine every MoP going back to their constituencies and preparing for Government (Sorry Lord Steelepulse).

    And then they are de-selected for possible misbehaviour or several others stand against them in protest to overall MoP behaviour etc etc.

    Mister Cameron wants an early election?
    Couldn't swear to my suspicions being right though.

    Now. Edward? Hmm. Who he?

    Anyone? ANYONE? lol

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  • 30. At 1:03pm on 20 May 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    Rahel G (18) It's well worth a listen.
    Let's see if I can post the link

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  • 31. At 1:20pm on 20 May 2009, haznorth wrote:

    Can PM please ask about the resettlement allowance: this will soon be relevant and we need to have this fixed BEFORE the kitty is raided.

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  • 32. At 1:29pm on 20 May 2009, mittfh wrote:

    IIRC, Dave's been repeatedly calling for an election ever since Gordon took over the reigns from Tony.

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  • 33. At 1:53pm on 20 May 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    mittfh (32) - That's what a Leader of the Opposition is suppsed to do. It's part of the job description.

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  • 34. At 1:56pm on 20 May 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    No more so called poetry from me, Sequin. I have just had as the USA quaintly say "had my butt kicked"

    Shakespeare's Sonnets. My goodness. Sonnet 127 is my favourite - but all of them - wow!

    Anyway - no more verse from me. I am weak!

    But were there is a Will........Shakespeare to steal from ....lol

    57 variety is the one below

    Being your slave, what should I do but tend
    Upon the hours and times of your desire?
    I have no precious time at all to spend,
    Nor services to do, till you require.
    Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour
    Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you*,
    Nor think the bitterness of absence sour
    When you have bid your servant once adieu;
    Nor dare I question with my jealous thought
    Where you may be, or your affairs suppose,
    But, like a sad slave, stay and think of nought
    Save, where you are how happy you make those.
    So true a fool is love that in your will,
    Though you do any thing, he thinks no ill

    *Ah me. 5.00 PM - whither thou? lol

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  • 35. At 2:12pm on 20 May 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    (26) Dr Bee - good idea. If it were on TV it might get more voters than turn out for the elections.

    (31) haznorth, agree. Apparently it is 42,000 UK Sterling paid to them after they are "sacked" (fail to get re-elected) as MPs. That is nearly a third of their annual income (not including expenses, obviously).

    I can't think of any other job where you are paid a third of your salary when you leave and your "leaving" is clearly tied in with having not done your job to your employers' (constituents/voters) satisfaction.

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  • 36. At 2:13pm on 20 May 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Whoops! I meant TWO thirds! Sorry.

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  • 37. At 2:18pm on 20 May 2009, Dr Bee wrote:

    lol steelepulse @29... he might be subtly hinting! I really think that when it's called they need to have a box for registering a complete re-design :D Wish he'd add that to his hints - but methinks it's highly unlikely however much we might want it. Who said that a democracy was supposed to be representative?!

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  • 38. At 3:16pm on 20 May 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Dr Bee (37)

    Abram Lincoln!

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  • 39. At 3:47pm on 20 May 2009, truity wrote:

    Please could someone put me straight~
    Ministers have a long break in the summer, winter and at other times. Yes/No
    they get paid lots yes/no
    they can have more than one job? yes/no
    As a minister they are given perks? yes/No
    Why do they need to make claims from the public pot for expenses and for anything else if they only work part time (for the country) and get paid lots?

    Could we not let their claims go to the socially deprived or to towards the unemployed? Gordon Brown has talked so much about social injustice why not put the money towards this or further why not decreas their wages for a year and give to the socially deprived?

    I dont believe we should be distracted by a general election, this matter needs to be looked at and thrashed out for the better of our society.

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  • 40. At 3:53pm on 20 May 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    tut tut, no AM Glass Box, PM Newsletter arrives at 10 to 4 and no sign of a PM Glass Box!

    And to top it all a joke from Charlie Pugh, I'll give you funny old day!

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  • 41. At 4:52pm on 20 May 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Sequin's here.
    Froggers cheer!

    (or even Froggers' Cheer, which could possibly be a real ale available at Nick's on the Beach)

    So they've all gone off and left you to run the ship, Carolyn. Slight anomaly in the exes* all round, then?

    Thank you Gillianianian, for the Kathy Clugston ukelele and rice Upshares theme link. You couldn't make it up, could you? Good for her.

    Cripes, if there are any aliens monitoring the Frog they will definitely think we're all too nutty to bother to invade.

    * NB nothing to do with former partners

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  • 42. At 5:01pm on 20 May 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Mitt, I did enjoy your pun/literal/typo "ever since Gordon took over the reigns from Tony." *

    And who answered but the Horsey!

    He's right, though, it is the job of the Leader of the Opp to do so; though I did hear that there was a joke going round Westminster that Dave Webcameron is rather nervous in case the Tories win and get landed with this whole mess.

    And I do rather wonder whether Clare Short, who[m] I respect greatly, would want to become Speaker. Then again, she might sort the lot of them out.

    * and the horses bolted

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  • 43. At 5:05pm on 20 May 2009, mittfh wrote:

    Ho hum...


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  • 44. At 5:13pm on 20 May 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    But are all twitterers necessarily not twits, mitt? Obviously some are wonderful, but...


    Anyway. Since this seems to be the Glass Box by default, it's probably bye, bye, Blears. The minute a PM states their full confidence in a minister, we all know it's time for a tactical resignation.

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  • 45. At 5:26pm on 20 May 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    As Clare Short is stepping down before the next election...

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  • 46. At 5:29pm on 20 May 2009, bigbuzzard wrote:

    Interesting letter in the Independent yesterday.

    "The nation should be sending Elizabeth Filkin a big bunch of flowers and an apology. This intelligent and honest woman tried to expose the scandal of MPs' expenses as long ago as 2001 and was effectively sacked for her integrity. It is notable that the party leaders did not heed her warnings at the time; they could have taken this opportunity to reform the system rather than continuing to sit on a ticking time-bomb. Ms Filkin should be put in charge of reforming the system now revenge is so much sweeter eaten cold and made a Dame at the earliest opportunity.

    Marian McIntyre"

    Is Elizabeth Filkin still around? Perhaps she's the perfect person to finish off what she started.


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  • 47. At 6:42pm on 20 May 2009, Shahtana wrote:

    Has anyone noticed that there seems to be a global breaking down of our supposed "pillars". In USA the financial institutions got us in the economic mess we are in now in the name of greed and corruption. Here in Canada we are adfrift in scandal including the venerable RCMP corps.
    I also see corporate greed and self serving on a daily basis, I wonder where this will lead us?

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  • 48. At 10:20pm on 20 May 2009, mittfh wrote:

    Oh, what a tangled web we weave...

    In the TV news reports, I couldn't help but smirk at the footage of Hazel...

    "I'm just getting on with my job. I'm just getting on with my job."

    Somewhere in that speech, the phrase "Prime Minister's Official Spokesman" cropped up.

    What? You mean Gordon has an official spokesman? Who is this mystery spokesman, and where's he been for the past year?

    Given how Gordon has lurched from crisis to crisis over the past year, rarely saying the right thing at the right time, then surely it could be said that his spokesman hasn't been doing his job, and should be the first in line to get the boot.

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