In response to the Prime Minister’s question, the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, said: “It’s a new year. I want to start with an updated camera.’ You’d certainly be forgiven for thinking that some of the members sound up-to-date.

It was a new year tentatively based on the previous year. You can summarize the PMQ as follows. Job: Sunak is weak. The Tories: union dues. SNP: This is Scotland’s energy.

Today I was lucky enough to miss most of the previous session, Scottish Questions, the latter stages of which presented the usual picture of Labor and the Tories holding hands to protect the SNP, whose backbenchers responded with stunning incoherence.

Later, during PMQs, Scottish Tory David Duguid also stumbled over his words. It’s a Scottish thing. Foreign parliaments are nervous.

Except for Westminster SNP leader Stephen Flynn. The skinhead fears no one and yesterday tore into Tory Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, citing a wide range of perceived disasters under Westminster rule: the longest and deepest recession in the G7; Brexit; energy crisis; inflation; interest rates.

“When the people of Scotland” — hey, Ian Blackford has copyrighted this — “do the maths the Prime Minister hopes they will, will they conclude that this Union just isn’t working?”

When Rishi responded by saying that the Holyrood government had proven it did not support the Scottish energy industry, Flinster threw up his fists: “If he wants to talk about Scotland being energy-rich but fuel-poor in Westminster, I’m more than happy to do that. “.

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At the same time, he wanted to talk in more detail about the numbers, “in particular about the favorite potential successor of the prime minister.” huh? Who is this? Turns out he was referring to Boris Johnson, who isn’t even on Rishi’s Christmas card list, let alone his succession plan.

In any case. In four months from four appearances, according to Stephen, the alleged Boris “earned more than a million pounds”. The poor boy has to eat. “Doesn’t the Prime Minister think it’s completely perverse that the senior members of the Conservative Party are lining up their nests in this way while trying to deny working people” – a voice rises; shades of Tommy Sheridan’s oratory now – “a chance to strike for fair pay?”

Answered the Prime Minister: “I don’t think we need to talk about our predecessors” – laughter – “but I think one of his predecessors did work for Russia Today.” Fathers. Link to Salmond, A.

Still, it’s a shame that Mr. Flynn only gets two questions. If only a couple could be taken off Labor leader Keir Starmer, who gets six. Yesterday he spent them all on the NHS and the debate ended after three or four days with him and Rishi just repeating themselves like students union hopefuls.

Before Sir Keir went up on tiptoe, Labor backbencher Kat Smith hit out at the Prime Minister about the total lack of NHS dental appointments for new patients in her constituency of Lancaster and Fleetwood.

Given the prime minister’s recent refusal to discuss his health, she asked “how long has he had to wait for a dental appointment?”

Mr Sunak replied: “I am registered with an NHS GP. I have used independent medical care in the past.’ The word “independent” is often misused (see also schools). In unconvincing mitigation, the Prime Minister added that he was “proud to come from the NHS family”.

Mr Starmer could do better than that. He applauded NHS nurses and “I meant it”. Keyroyd said there had been no national NHS strikes under Labor and if the Tories had agreed there wouldn’t be any now.

Sunak: “We have always been clear.” Obfuscation warning! “We want to have a constructive dialogue with the trade unions.” Ah, suddenly it became clear: they are lying.

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Rishi said Labor was “on the ball” with the unions, in addition to Sir K ignoring the “extraordinary impact” of Covid on the health service, while his opposition to new minimum service legislation was embarrassing as it was spread across Europe , and a place that was usually held in high esteem by the Labor leader.

Keir replied that since Rishi said he was registered with an NHS GP, perhaps he could “enjoy waiting every morning at 8am to make an appointment with a GP”.

Sunak: Pandemic!

Starmer: The NHS is broken! And so it stopped, but not before Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts spoke further about health care in Wales.

“You can’t go on forever, Liz,” Speaker warned her. But she could. So could everyone, with or without feeding.

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