A selection of lines from parliamentary sketch-writers.
Simon Hoggart in the Guardian wonders if the alleged bullied workers in No 10 were in the wrong job:
"Working with highly stressed people comes with the territory. Haven't they seen In The Loop? It's like a professional rugby player calling [a helpline] to complain that people keep grabbing him round the legs."
The Times' Ann Treneman describes Peter Mandelson as "like Vesuvius"in a press conference about the bullying allegation:
"He was not going to chase every allegation made by a newspaper or author who wanted publicity. Nor could he chase after smears from 'every Tom, Dick and Harry'. I wondered if Tom, Dick and Harry knew Rag, Tag and Bobtail. And how was it that the evil Tories managed to make them all fit into a storm in a teacup?"
Simon Carr from the Independent appears rather taken by the chairman of Goldman Sachs, Gerald Corrigan who made an appearance at the treasury select committee:
"Yes, he is fantastically rich. You couldn't fit his personal wealth into the dome of St Paul's. He could hang Istanbul off his charm bracelet. He's probably got golden bones. And he seemed happy to agree he had helped Greece into semi-bankruptcy, hoping perhaps to buy it for his wife when the price was right."
Writing about the Commons reform debate, Quentin Letts from the Daily Mail isn't impressed with Harriet Harman:
"She is one of the worst robots, a prime culprit in the language devaluation gang, spouting hyperbole to such leaden effect that the words wither and die.
Harriet frequently drones on about how we need more wimmin in the Commons. Rot. We need more poets. We need more wordsmiths. We need people who can seize the public's imagination."
Links in full
Ann Treneman | Times | 'We all watched Mandy bully on the subject of bullying'
Simon Hoggart | Guardian | Chillax man - or Gordon will get you
Simon Carr | Independent | Rich, powerful and generous with his verbosity
Quentin Letts | Daily Mail | More wimmin in the Commons? Rot. We need more poets...