ARRSE Mr Potato award for Annabelle Ewing MP

#1
She may be a nutso Scottish Nat, but she spoke for hundreds of thousands of us today!

From the BBC:

MP thrown out of House of Commons

Annabelle Ewing said she had 'no respect' for Mr Hoon
An MP has been thrown out of the Commons for calling Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon a "back-stabbing coward".
Perth SNP MP Annabelle Ewing made the comments during exchanges over Mr Hoon's plans to merge Scottish Regiments, including the Black Watch.

Deputy Speaker Sir Alan Haselhurst asked her to withdraw the remarks.

When she refused Ms Ewing was told to leave the Commons chamber. She walked out and was followed by her colleagues from the Scottish National Party.

"Surely it's a massive betrayal of our brave soldiers whose bravery can be contrasted with the defence secretary who is nothing but a backstabbing coward"

The defence secretary has announced that Scotland's six historic infantry regiments are to be replaced by a "single super regiment".

During the statement Ms Ewing said she was "amazed at the gall" of the defence secretary because the Black Watch had just returned home from the frontline in Iraq where they were deemed "indispensable to the US Army".

"Why then are the Black Watch not indispensable to this government?

"Surely it's a massive betrayal of our brave soldiers whose bravery can be contrasted with the defence secretary who is nothing but a backstabbing coward."

MPs responded with jeers and Sir Alan called on Ms Ewing to apologise.

She replied saying that while she had the "utmost respect" for the Speaker, she had "no respect for the defence secretary" and that she could not withdraw the comments.

Ms Ewing refused to withdraw the remark twice more, despite Sir Alan warning that "serious consequences" would follow.

She was then asked to leave the Chamber and was followed by colleagues SNP leader Alex Salmond, Angus MP Mike Weir and North Tayside MP Peter Wishart.

Mr Salmond gave Ms Ewing his full backing in a statement saying that she may have broken the Commons rules, but Mr Hoon had "broken the hearts of Scottish soldiers".

Mr Hoon later hit back at the SNP saying they did not believe in NATO or European defence and that it had "opposed every single deployment of British troops in recent years and I do wonder what would be the point of having an Army in the United Kingdom if they ever got into any kind of power anywhere."

In a move which had been feared by many campaigning to save the regiments, the Royal Scots and the King's Own Scottish Borderers will merge and along with four other battalions, including the Black Watch, will become The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The military says the reorganisation will make troops more flexible and rapidly deployable.

But critics say it will make it harder to recruit from the traditional bases serving the existing structure.

Ms Ewing later told BBC News 24 the government's claims the changes were driven by the military were not true.

She said: "This whole exercise has been Treasury driven it comes straight from the door of Gordon Brown."

Many senior military men had spoken out against the changes, she said, adding that those in the lower ranks had been "gagged".

SNP MPs have been particularly outspoken about the planned changes.
 
#2
Arrse user-sponsored Coffee Mugs.

If you want to buy, or contribute towards a Coffee mug for someone who has been a hero in the last few days i.e Lorna Fitzsimmons for her "Forthright and direct" discussion with TCH over Inf. Batts getting the chop, or Annabelle Ewing for calling TCH a backstabbing Coward , or anyone else you care to nominate for this, then send the boodle to the usual donation address with a covering note as to who you want it to go to, and we'll do the rest.

Of course, I shall lead by example :)
 
#3
Can we put aside a mug for TCH?

I suggest that we follow the example given in a prank post some months ago by p!ssing in it and letting it evaporate! :twisted:
 
#5
Mr Hoon said the latest order - which builds on the first tranche of 55 Typhoons now in production for the RAF, 11 of which are already in service - would create or safeguard 16,000 jobs.
Will any of these jobs be for service personnel?
 
#7
Bloody express - the link above has changed. TCH's response (yet again):

Hoon hits back at 'coward' comment
14:20pm 17th December 2004
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon sought sanctuary with the RAF to hail a £4.3 billion deal for new combat jets as he tried to put behind him the controversy over cuts and mergers among historic Army regiments.
And he used his flying visit to RAF Coningsby - the future home of Britain's expanded Eurofighter fleet - to hit back at an MP's claims in the Commons that he was a "back-stabbing coward".

He said he was "deeply disappointed" with the comments of the Scottish National Party's Annabelle Ewing - expelled from the chamber after she blasted Mr Hoon in the Commons - and said she should concentrate on representing her constituents.

The Defence Secretary told Press Association in a reference to the incident: "It was deeply disappointing. My constituents elected me to represent them - not to be thrown out of the chamber."
Mr Hoon, who faced bitter criticisms about the Army shake-up, visited the RAF base in Lincolnshire to mark his announcement that Britain has ordered 89 new Typhoon combat jets in a £4.3 billion deal.

News of the contract signing was rushed out earlier this week but dignitaries including Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup and Mike Turner, the chief executive of BAE Sytems, were invited to mark the event.

But the Defence Secretary insisted that the deal for the fighter - described by some as a "white elephant" because of delays and cost overruns in the first orders of the four-nation deal - was in the best interests of all the services.

It ended two years of speculation over whether the "second tranche" of Eurofighter would ever get signed. The project is already estimated to be six years late and costs have trebled to £51 billion.

Mr Hoon said: "This is all about equipping our armed services with the best technology and the best equipment to allow them to carry out their duties. We are providing an improved effectiveness for all the services."

Mr Hoon said the latest order - which builds on the first tranche of 55 Typhoons now in production for the RAF, 11 of which are already in service - would create or safeguard 16,000 jobs.
You notice that he didn't say she was wrong though.......... :roll:
 
#8
"He said he was "deeply disappointed" with the comments of the Scottish National Party's Annabelle Ewing - expelled from the chamber after she blasted Mr Hoon in the Commons - and said she should concentrate on representing her constituents."

Sounds to me like she was representing her constituents. Kicking him in the clockweights may have represented her constituents even more.
 
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