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    A special session of PMQ's is open for you to grill our new Prime Minister, Nothos.

    The Leader of the Opposition

    (Original post by Cardozo)
    That's me!
    may ask two questions and a follow up for each. The rest of you may ask one question and a follow up. As usual, this thread is open until the following evening. Normal PMQ's will be held on Saturdays.

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    How does the new Prime Minister see himself guiding the coalition considering he calls himself a Socialist Conservative, will he change the Coalitions direction?
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    (Original post by Afcwimbledon2)
    How does the new Prime Minister see himself guiding the coalition considering he calls himself a Socialist Conservative, will he change the Coalitions direction?
    Well, I am happy to announce to the House that the formation of a Marxist tendency within the Conservative Party is currently in progress.

    In all seriousness, (and, no, to make it clear, there will not be a Marxist tendency in the Conservative Party, ever!) May I ask the Right Honourable member to back up his claim that I have called myself a "Socialist Conservative"?
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    First of all, may I take this opportunity to congratulate the new prime minister on his appointment. I hope, as I have said before, that where we can work together, we do so.

    However, will the prime minister finally get control over this coalition, something which his predecessor clearly failed to do given the submission of two Bills on one subject?

    (Thought I'd start off with this question since AfcWimbledon took a question which was quite similar to mine.)
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    (Original post by toronto353)
    First of all, may I take this opportunity to congratulate the new prime minister on his appointment. I hope, as I have said before, that where we can work together, we do so.

    However, will the prime minister finally get control over this coalition, something which his predecessor clearly failed to do given the submission of two Bills on one subject?

    (Thought I'd start off with this question since AfcWimbledon took a question which was quite similar to mine.)
    Firstly allow me to thank the Honourable Member for his kind words.

    Now, as for your question: I must say the idea that the Coalition is out of control is, quite frankly, laughable.

    Do not forget, the reason the Conservative Party and Libertarian Party are separate, despite the very broad overlap of ideas, is that there are key differences in our ideologies. Most Libertarians believe earnestly that prisoners should be given the right to vote. Many Conservatives believe otherwise.

    The fact that two members with opposing views were able to amicably submit Private Member's Bills on their personal views is a sign that we have a strong, workable coalition. Despite Simon and Tea submitting opposing bills, they are still working well with each other within the government.
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    (Original post by Nothos)
    Firstly allow me to thank the Honourable Member for his kind words.

    Now, as for your question: I must say the idea that the Coalition is out of control is, quite frankly, laughable.

    Do not forget, the reason the Conservative Party and Libertarian Party are separate, despite the very broad overlap of ideas, is that there are key differences in our ideologies. Most Libertarians believe earnestly that prisoners should be given the right to vote. Many Conservatives believe otherwise.

    The fact that two members with opposing views were able to amicably submit Private Member's Bills on their personal views is a sign that we have a strong, workable coalition. Despite Simon and Tea submitting opposing bills, they are still working well with each other within the government.
    (Hopefully this counts as a follow up question)

    I thank the prime minister for replying so swiftly to my question, but it appears as if the only Bills the coalition disagree on are ones not decided during the previous coalition involving UKIP. Is this a sign, along with the disagreement, that this coalition is doomed to fail regardless of new leadership?
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    (Original post by toronto353)
    (Hopefully this counts as a follow up question)

    I thank the prime minister for replying so swiftly to my question, but it appears as if the only Bills the coalition disagree on are ones not decided during the previous coalition involving UKIP. Is this a sign, along with the disagreement, that this coalition is doomed to fail regardless of new leadership?
    All but one of the no votes in M31 was from the Government. The vast majority of yeses in B330 were from the Government. On M29, the government were in complete agreement with the principle, namely that the CAP is a terrible system, but some voted no because they felt that trying to reform within a broken framework was not possible.

    I could go on and on, but the point remains: This is a strong and united Government.

    Indeed, the idea that the leader of the remnants of a troupe of bigots who barely have enough active members to count on one hand and yet still don't have a cohesive ideology, which they cover up by calling themselves "Pragmatic", "Common Sense" and Goodness knows what else in an attempt to hide their own latent disunity (which often spills out into their question thread) can called this government doomed to fail is utter tosh. May I suggest that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones?
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    (Original post by Nothos)
    Indeed, the idea that the leader of the remnants of a troupe of bigots who barely have enough active members to count on one hand and yet still don't have a cohesive ideology, which they cover up by calling themselves "Pragmatic", "Common Sense" and Goodness knows what else in an attempt to hide their own latent disunity (which often spills out into their question thread) can called this government doomed to fail is utter tosh. May I suggest that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones?
    I'm not actually asking a question here, but would like an apology for your remarks quoted. I, and I am sure others in the party, find it deeply offensive that you have called UKIP a party of disunited bigots.
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    (Original post by toronto353)
    I'm not actually asking a question here, but would like an apology for your remarks quoted. I, and I am sure others in the party, find it deeply offensive that you have called UKIP a party of disunited bigots.
    If the honourable member reads my post correctly, he will see I called UKIP the remnants of a troupe of bigots. Which is true. I hope you are aware of the history of the party you lead...
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    (Original post by Nothos)
    If the honourable member reads my post correctly, he will see I called UKIP the remnants of a troupe of bigots. Which is true. I hope you are aware of the history of the party you lead...
    I am fully aware, but I don't think the reference to the past of UKIP or making any implication that we still retain those ideas is really needed here and I think to harken back to that is unnecessary and a low blow.
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      Will the Prime Minister be making any reshuffles within his cabinet?
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      (Original post by Stricof)
      Will the Prime Minister be making any reshuffles within his cabinet?
      I am currently in the process of reshuffling the Tory members of the coalition's cabinet, yes.
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      Mr Speaker,

      Can my right honourable friend tell the House more about the sorts of changes he would like to bring to the country?
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      (Original post by Teaddict)
      Mr Speaker,

      Can my right honourable friend tell the House more about the sorts of changes he would like to bring to the country?
      Well, as this is a coalition made up of two parties with broadly libertarian outlooks, our main concern is the ensuring that people and economy of this country have room to grow without excessive state interference. This government will also fight against authoritarian bills, such as attempts to imprison school staff for not handing over contraception to children or to remove the right to a fair trial by jury.
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      (Original post by Nothos)
      I am currently in the process of reshuffling the Tory members of the coalition's cabinet, yes.
      How do you feel you're handling the premiership, Nothos?
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      (Original post by Don John)
      How do you feel you're handling the premiership, Nothos?
      Well it's only been a couple of days, but I haven't been VonCed yet, so I think I'm doing all right :yy:
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      (Original post by Nothos)
      Well it's only been a couple of days, but I haven't been VonCed yet, so I think I'm doing all right :yy:
      Haha, well hopefully it'll stay that way. Hope it goes well, bud.
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      Would my right honourable friend agree with me, that when a person faces conviction for a criminal offence, that the burden of proof should always lie with the Crown Prosecution Service, and that it would be against the best interests of justice, for this House to pass any bill that transfers the burden of proof from the CPS to the defence?
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      (Original post by aaran-j)
      Would my right honourable friend agree with me, that when a person faces conviction for a criminal offence, that the burden of proof should always lie with the Crown Prosecution Service, and that it would be against the best interests of justice, for this House to pass any bill that transfers the burden of proof from the CPS to the defence?
      I would very much agree!
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      (Original post by Nothos)
      I would very much agree!
      I thank my right honourable friend for his response. As someone who strongly believes in the principle that the burden of proof should always lie with the prosecution, the response of my right honourable friend is very much welcomed.

      As a follow up, would my right honourable friend agree with me that section three of a bill recently published by TSR UKIP, B340 - Trespass Offences Bill, is a complete violation of that principle, and will he join me in voting against this bill, should it ever arrive in the division lobby?
     
     
     
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