Jane Clifton: Words fail him

By Jane Clifton In Politics

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With apologies to the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, Parliament’s first chore of the year is always nasty, brutish and hideously long. While Wellington is bunking off in the glorious weather, and dressing up like animals, cartoon characters and Elvises for the Sevens, MPs are scowling indoors – not perfecting some ripping new law reform, but having a marathon set-piece slagfest. The debate on the Prime Minister’s statement is 15 hours of alternating platitude and bile, at the end of which precisely nothing has been agreed, elucidated or left untrivialised. It has the single virtue of ...

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