Wendy Chamberlain smashes it at PMQs with call for PM to resign

Wendy Chamberlain made a brilliant start to PMQs today:

And there has been loads of praise:



Keir Starmer, buoyed by Tory defector Christian Wakeford sitting behind him, was both serious and funny as he repeatedly blasted the PM’s failures.

But it was David Davis, former Brexit Secretary, who struck what may be a politically fatal blow:

You could hear the gasps of surprise at his savage denouncement. I was reminded of the blow that Geoffrey Howe struck to Margaret Thatcher back in 1990. She didn’t last long after that.

Earlier, Wendy spoke to Nicky Campbell about the PM’s position:

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  • John Marriott 19th Jan '22 - 12:50pm

    I was wondering when someone was going to quote that speech of Oliver Cromwell’s to the Long Parliament, repeated in 1940 against Neville Chamberlain. Now THAT’S “ smashing it”! Trust David Davis to use it again.

  • I’ve just watched the “Line of Duty” satirical “Led By Donkeys” video…..Wonderful!

  • Suspect the glee will be shortlived if Boris is replaced with a right-winger who has a couple of years to reform the UK into a lean and mean post-Brexit machine rather than the big State Boris has curiously decided upon.

  • Steve Trevethan 19th Jan '22 - 6:20pm
  • Steve Trevethan 19th Jan '22 - 7:20pm

    Thanks to Frank W for pointing out the inherent dangers of triumphalism and letting ourselves be distracted by the “showbiz” of politics.
    Might we work to develop an acceptable form of non-Conservative cooperation to keep them out of power and introduce a voting system which provides everyone with some sort of say, unlike the present one which ensures that the majority are never represented?
    Might we also foreground the fallacies of the need for austerity and the deficit myth?

  • As much as I want to see Boris go for his blatant disregard for the rules and failing to stand in solidarity with the Public.
    And the fact that he is a weak Prime Minister whose now, in sheer desperation trying to cling to his job by appeasing a small cable of back benchers by Axing all public health measures to control covid, in order to prevent them from submitting letters of no- confidence ( Whether you agree with the rules or not, this has nothing to do with following the science) This purely about Boris trying to cling to his job and no country deserves a Prime Minister who is so weak, he can be held to ransom on ANY policy by a small cable of trouble making MP’s….

    But, I do rather worry about being careful what we wish for and who on earth we will end up with as the next PM, talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire

  • Helen Dudden 20th Jan '22 - 6:26am

    The steady destroying of the NHS is a serious situation that will need to be addressed. Many, have found life so difficult with the shut down of medical treatment.
    I also feel, that the sacking of staff due shortly, is not the wisest move, but then how can I reason when these party animals can do exactly as they wish. Whatever as individuals, we feel about the injection many have worked without adequate protection, as contracts were given.
    The NHS needs some TLC, the staff need respect.

  • Denis Loretto 20th Jan '22 - 9:33am

    Apart from the very real danger of a swing to the right post – Johnson there is also a danger of hubris in the Labour party as they rise in the polls. They may well think there is a real prospect of their winning an overall majority at the next election. In fact, given the popularity of the SNP in Scotland and the swathe of seats where only the Lib Dems can beat the Tories this is highly unlikely. It is important for at least the degree of co-operation evident in the recent by-elections to be continued and of course agreement on the subsequent introduction of PR to be achieved.

  • David Garlick 20th Jan '22 - 9:53am

    As much as I think that Boris Johnson is an incompetent and dangerous leader he is our best election asset . If he survives as a very weak PM that might, in election prospects be better for us, if not for the nation

  • At my bowls club this morning 10/12 team members still think Johnson is doing a good/great job over both Covid and the economy..Just one ‘lapsed’ Tory (and myself) think his performance in both cases is poor/awful..
    As for ‘partygate’ the majority view is that “No.10 staff were working incredibly hard and that ‘letting their hair down’ may have been ‘technically wrong’ but is understandable.”.

    If that attitude is prevalent across ‘solid Tory areas’ like mine Johnson has little to worry about in gthe short term.

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