Tom Brake gets cheeky over Boris

It was what everyone suspected would be Chris Grayling’s final Thursday morning question session on the business of the Commons.

Our Tom Brake decided to make some mischief. This is the question he asked:

Has the Leader of the House received a request from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for him to provide Government time for a debate on the fantastic contribution that the leisure industries make to the UK economy? Such a debate would allow Ministers to tell us how UK manufacturers will fulfil demand for major new infrastructure: a transcontinental network of zip wires to enable our new Foreign Secretary to travel around the world cheaply, with low environmental impact, and in the style to which he is accustomed.

 Grayling’s reply showed a certain lack of imagination, but I think he saw the funny side.
It is an interesting idea, but I think we will probably be investing in infrastructure that is more used to cars, trains and buses.

When much of politics is so grim at the moment, it’s nice to have the occasional moment of levity.


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  • Perhaps he should’ve asked about the rest of the cabinet?…There must be logic in Teresa May’s appointments but I’m blowed if I can see it…

    Boris Johnson is a Foreign Secretary who has insulted most countries and, as was seen from immediate international comments, is not taken seriously and neither liked nor trusted…..

    Priti Patel is Secretary of State for International Development who recently called for the department to be scrapped……

    Jeremy Hunt has caused disruption and aroused the hatred of those working in the NHS and is still Health Secretary…..

    Andrea Leadsom is an Environment Secretary who wants to end farming subsidies, is pro-Fracking, pro fox hunting and doesn’t accept climate change……

    Liam Fox is Minister for International Trade. A man who breached the Ministerial Code and had an associate selling Ministerial access to international trading companies…..

    Amber Rudd, a Home Secretary, who “Wouldn’t trust the Foreign Secretary to drive her home”…..


  • Matt (Bristol) 15th Jul '16 - 10:52pm

    Within 48 hours of his appointment, two of the nations he has insulted in the past and registered their outrage at his appointment – France and Turkey – are in (very different) crisis situations, and the delicate issue of the UK’s statements in such a situation – given we are midway through working out how we leave one of the major European diplomatic bodies – is just made more difficult.

  • Stevan Rose 16th Jul '16 - 6:11pm

    There’s always a reason to love Boris. I hope he stands by his previous views and for once a Foreign Secretary actually says what everyone else is thinking. Erdogan / Yildirim being outraged at his appointment is the best reason I can think of to give him the job. Though all I can find is a “may God help him and reform him” warning.

    Should we be worried Boris is also a US Citizen I wonder.

  • The logic, as I see it, is that of politely requesting the fox to guard the henhouse, because who knows how a fox thinks better than another fox?

  • Richard Underhill 3rd Sep '16 - 10:36am

    Boris has no yet claimed the credit for the climate change agreement between the and Chinese Presidents.
    During the EU referendum he listed international agreements that the USA had not signed as part of his arguments about sovereignty. Timing is an important factor for both the development and acceptance of US policy and for its effect on the EU referendum in the UK.
    Electing the right person to be US President is another if these things are to be done, ratified, not vetoed and not reversed.
    President George H W Bush (senior) criticised Senator Al Gore for his environmental policies, citing owls in Oregon (losing habitat to logging). Al Gore was right. Environmental campaigners in Oregon received death threats.

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