Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Geoff Hoon's Busy Afternoon
Fun and games at Foreign Office Questions yesterday when Geoff Hoon seemed determined to act as if he were Foreign Secretary rather than Ma Beckett. Regular Parliament watchers will know that if several questions are asked on the same subject they are normally grouped together, but not yesterday. Margaret Beckett answered a question on the European Constitution and then Hoon answered an almost identical one. Indeed, so busy was Mr Hoon that he lost his place in his briefing notes at one stage. "I'll get there in the end," he blustered. "What, back in the Cabinet?" shouted Tory Foreign Affairs Spokesman Keith Simpson. Cue collapse of House. Interestingly, despite not being in the Cabinet Geoff Hoon does actually attend every single Cabinet Meeting. At the time of his humiliating demotion Donwing Street said he "would attend when necessary". It seems he's become like the unwanted releative that turns up at every family occasion whether invited or not. Poor man.