Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Royal game sparked Skinner's 'who shot 'arriers?' Queen's Speech quip

The Queen's Speech wouldn't be the same without a prepared aside from stalwart Labour MP Dennis Skinner. But commentators seemed non-plussed by today's offering from the so-called 'Beast of Bolsover'.

In a pregnant pause as Black Rod relayed Her Majesty's summons for her MPs to attend her in the Lords, the unmistakable voice of former working miner Dennis Skinner chirped up:

Who shot the 'arriers..?
It seemed an obscure comment which totally missed its target...

But a couple of hours later the mystery seems to have been solved with this story about a police investigation into the shooting of two 'protected' wild birds on the Royal Sandringham Estate.

Prince Harry, a mate and a local gamekeeper were on a shooting party on the same day as the birds were shot. Allegedly.

The Royal party say they didn't shoot the 'arriers.

And police say there is not enough evidence to bring charges against anyone. Anyone convicted of shooting the protected birds risks a £5,000 fine or six months clink.

Seems we'll never know the answer to Dennis's rather timely intervention...

5 comments:

Geoffrey Brooking said...

BROWN AND OUT

If ever there was evidence that Gordon Brown was shaken and stirred it came during another confrontation with the Conservative Leader David Cameron in the House of Commons yesterday.

Gone was the cluncking fist and in came the shakey wrist as the debate on the shortest Queen's Speech since Labour came to power got underway.

Even Labour MPs on the government benches could only look on in horror as the Prime Minister was clean bowled by David Cameron's direct hits over the Prime Minister's lack of decisiveness, vision and credibility.

No wonder the pair were kept so far apart at the opening of the new St. Pancras Station in LOndon last night.

What was billed as another "re-launch" by the Labour spin machine quickly turned into yet another "re-hash" as the Conservative Leader weighed in.

At a time when the country is crying out for something new this year's Queen's Speech was the same old spin, the same old re-cycled policies and the same old lack of substance.

Farewell New Labour.

Welcome back Old Labour.

Brynley said...

Geoffrey appears to be suggesting that Dave Cameron shot the harriers.

I think Geoffrey Brooking is probably mistaken.

fairdealphil said...

Keep spinning Geoffrey, someone will believe you...

As Gordon says, the truth is this Queen’s Speech is all about vision and delivery of the changes we need to extend opportunities for ALL, not just for the privileged few...

It is Labour supporting ALL parents with children and not just some as you Tories would...

Labour investing in the educational chances of ALL children not just some - as the Tories try to do right here in Lincolnshire.

vision and change to put affordable housing within the reach of the MANY and not just the few;

change to extend educational opportunities to ALL our young people by ensuring they stay in education or training until age 18, with new measures to extend apprenticeships...

change to focus the NHS better centred round the needs of individual patients...

change to help ALL children get the best possible start in life with measures to improve services for vulnerable children; and vital improvements to youth and community facilities...

change to protect the environment to face the challenge of global warming...

change to how we do politics with power shared across our society, not concentrated in Westminster...

change to build stronger communities, tackle crime and fight terrorism...

Real vision. Real change for the better.

And all built on the foundation of a strong, vibrant, stable economy, with low inflation, sound public finance, high employment levels, and interest rates as low as possible.

Not turning the clock back to Tory time which delivered boom and bust and the two worst recessions since the war, with mass unemployment and spiralling interest rates when David Cameron was Special Advisor to the Black Wednesday Tory Chancellor!

So let's cut to the chase Geoffrey.

Which part of vision and change don't you understand or agree with...just out of interest, which Queens Speech announcement, if any, are you against...?

Anonymous said...

What vision, all brown did was push the same old buttons NHS and education, yet you cannot see past it to see the private companies from America coming over here to take over the Job center plus.

The private companies coming over to take over the NHS and what does this company do, it is a hospital insurance company , already I've had two leaflets asking would private insurance be better then the NHS.

Brown is Thatcher, his vision was Cameron's vision, he is well past his sell by date.

fairdealphil said...

"same old buttons NHS and education" ...eh?

too right.

and here's to even more investment in both thanks to Mr B.