MPs howl with laughter as Emily Thornberry nails a government in chaos

Emily Thornberry - PMQs

With Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May absent, Prime Minister’s Questions had the potential to be a low-key affair. But shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry had other ideas.

Tarantino meets the Chuckle Brothers

To howls of laughter, Thornberry compared this chaotic government to “Reservoir Dogs remade by the Chuckle Brothers”:

Her dig was so good it brought an “unforced” response from MPs:

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Others thought she was being kind:

But many weren’t surprised by the choice description, given Thornberry’s reputation:

Although people should spare a thought for the feelings of the Chuckle Brothers:

The main course

After warming up the house, Thornberry proceeded to brutally dismantle the government’s Brexit plan:

Thornberry described the Chequers proposal as “total delusion”, stating that the terms of the proposal describe “a customs union in all but name”.

The minister for the cabinet office, David Lidington, said very little in response, beyond advising Thornberry to “look at the White Paper when it’s published tomorrow”.

Meanwhile, others agreed with Thornberry’s stance:

No wonder people thought there was only one winner in the exchange:


This government is farcical. Thornberry nailed how the constant backstabbing and quarrelling is reminiscent of a British take on Tarantino. There are no guns or theatrical fight scenes – just passive-aggressive resignations.

MPs rightly howled with laughter. But being ruled by this lot has gone beyond a laughing matter.

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