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It was widely expected that PMQs would be particul

first_imgIt was widely expected that PMQs would be particularly interesting today. There is high drama in Westminster, after all: three MPs quit the Conservative Party to join “The Independent Group” this morning, adding to its band of eight ex-Labour MPs. But the only news-y thing about the latest PMQs session was the remarkable sight of Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston taking their places on the opposition benches. Sitting beside the seven original splitters and Joan Ryan, they looked delighted to be there.The opportunity to talk about defections was largely rebuffed by Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May, and it was left to the SNP’s Ian Blackford to raise the matter. He told the Commons that British politics is “imploding” and “Scotland deserves better”. Pressing her ear to a speaker in the Commons bench, May cackled.The Prime Minister and Chipping Barnet backbencher Theresa Villiers had agreed early on in the session to respond to the main news of the day by condemning Labour’s handling of antisemitism. Their attack was supported by quotes from the resignation letter of Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan. When Corbyn replied that his party “takes the strongest action to deal with antisemitism wherever it rears its head”, members on the Tory benches heckled and one shouted “rubbish!”.The Labour leader moved swiftly on to Brexit – and why wouldn’t he? While the headlines are dominated by the news of MPs splitting off from the main parties, the ‘no deal’ outcome feared by a majority of parliamentarians is just around the corner. Labour antisemitism still features heavily in reports on the new Commons grouping, but what really unites them is a strong opposition to Brexit and an advocacy of a fresh EU referendum. They must have been just as keen to hear about May’s next steps as Corbyn.As usual, though, May offered no illuminating answers. Asked whether she was seeking to remove the backstop, make it time-limited or give the UK the right to exit unilaterally, the PM simply replied that there are “a number of ways” to address the backstop issue. Then she refused to rule out ‘no deal’. Then she declined to comment on customs union membership. We’ve seen this exchange before, more than once, but now 29th March is just over a month away. The Westminster bubble is full of excitement as Labour and the Tories splinter, yet Brexit is no clearer.Tags:PMQs /Theresa May /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

SIMON NOTT A Tale of Two Punters

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] enjoy reading books, generally non-fiction, the latest was a about a high-profile gambler. The first thing that struck me about this fella was his absolute passion and enthusiasm was palpable, the guy loves sports, all sports and he also loves gambling. He combines the two to forge an exceptional life for himself. It was, and still is, exceptional in many ways, he followed his dreams and made them happen, he backed up his judgement either with hefty wads of cash or if times were lean all he could cobble together. No matter what he won, it never seems to have lasted long but he’d enjoyed either spending it or simply lost it back again, you never really get to learn the ratio of the two. If it was the latter he’d dust himself off, get bankrolled and would be back before you could say ‘That was unlucky’.He’s also exceptional in the way he’s dealt mentally with the highs but more importantly the crushing lows that such a life entails. A lesser man would have ended up losing the plot, not to mention the lot completely. If just snippets had been published uncredited a swathe of what is written could have been lifted from a Gamblers Anonymous case book. There’s only a short-head between being a gambling legend and one of its many causalities.There has been another character in the horseracing spotlight recently. He’s quite remarkable as he put himself there. He appeared from nowhere, bursting onto social media brimming to overflowing with natural charisma, passion and enthusiasm. He felt he could bring something to the table for racing and set out to prove a point. His early posts tagged ITV and mentioned those goals, many agreed he was a breath of fresh air. Needless to say when faced with such ambition and bravado those anonymous individuals that lurk seething over their computer keyboards couldn’t wait to spew forth their bile. Our hero wasn’t distracted, his video blogs deodorized the foul side of social media with their exuberance. Some people that were in the position to help our hero in his quest did so, his followers on twitter hit five figures and he’s become a genuine racing personality and he’s a nice chap to boot so arguably most people were happy to see it.It’s been a little alarming that in recent weeks it appears that he’s in danger of befalling a trap that many a racing enthusiast has toppled into over the centuries. Is that endearing enthusiasm for racing being superseded by that for gambling? People have watched and winced as betting slips for three-figure bets on short priced favourites are posted for all to see. A lot of interested parties still enjoying betting and horseracing into maturity have learned from bitter experience how fun can turn into a nightmare. Following staking systems that are too rich for you, all the bad luck in the world coming your way as you wrestle if you should to cut your losses and dipping into funds into which you should never dip can all result sleepless nights. Watching what seems like a slow motion but certain plunge into the abyss is not a pleasant one. Good meaning people have called out warnings, after all, if you’ve been there, you don’t wish it on anybody. So far those warning have been met with an indignant response, and it’s quite right I suppose it’s none of anyone’s business.Let’s hope he has got the game by the nether regions. This is one occasion I sincerely hope I’m wrong and in a decade’s time I’m reading a book about another legendary gambler who defied the odds and did it his way – responsibly of course.Simon NottSimon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more