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Dan
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16/05/2019 6:13 pm  

Snap verdict - Paxman v Adiputera

Scottish Referendum

I thought the opening was good, you certainly made the case for better together (who turned out to win, shocker). Was interesting when you went to attack other MPs who are fighting other battles, when pressed you didn’t want to name them. You also defended the Prime Minister , a sign of a close alliance between Labour and the Liberal Democrats in coalition. I very much felt you couldn’t have done much more in this section, so good job.

Budget/Capital spending

So the public would be interested to know if it was you who wrote the first budget as the leaks suggested and you certainly didn’t entertain that leak. I felt you handled yourself well here, you didn’t lose your temper and you remained on point. Paxman tried to catch you out here and wrong foot you but you swerved that obstacle. As for capital spending, you deflected to a ministerial statement and added in some key policies such as the Investment Development Bank and the green stimulus programme, this would have pleased your supporters. Your critics will be wondering if the Government can afford all this.

Reform bill

Paxman made a specific point here about asking if the Government would use the Parliament act to force the reform bill through. You pledged to work with the Lords if the disagreements are constructive, we will certainly see but you did well here.

Overall

A strong performance from Graham Adiputera. The Deputy Prime Minister is becoming popular amongst the electorate and this interview only reinforced that, good work.

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16/05/2019 8:14 pm  

Snap verdict (for certain values of "snap") - PMQs

 

Verdict: Narrow win for Dylan Macmillan.

 

Macmillan builds a neat narrative for the viewer, starting with a broken Labour promise on the deficit and transitioning through the cost of interest payments to the relationship between fiscal responsibility and public services. The whole thing got tied together nicely in the final question, although I felt like parts of 5 and 6 may have been better the other way around. He let Suchet away with a number of comments that stretched credulity or the truth a little, although PMQs is not a great forum for a fact-checking, and the messaging might have suffered had he intervened.

 

Suchet found a number of good responses, tying issues back to the Conservatives' record, to the parties respective positions on taxation, and making the case for investment. Suchet was at her best when combining both a defence of policy with a witty comment or attack on the opposition, with press reaction noticing her substantial improvement in this more theatrical side of PMQ.

A few of the answers fell a little flat to me: Arguing the Tories have no social care policy when Labour's is to ask the public what they think, saying Macmillan “brings chaos to everywhere”, telling Alex Salmond to vote Labour: they just don't quite ring true to me (although Labour supporters would have relished the Salmond line).

 

As a result, the session comes out as a win for Macmillan, albeit by a small margin, much narrower than previous encounters.


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Dan
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26/05/2019 1:43 pm  

Snap verdict - Paxman v Macmillan

 

Health and Social Care
 
You jumped straight into financial figures here but it kind of felt liked it lacked any real policy meet here which we would have liked to have seen. Health and Social Care is an issue that people care about, the way you went about the answer it felt like the Conservatives didn’t have a policy around this, something to work on but it wasn’t a disaster.
 
Public Services
 
This was better here, it was nice to see the Leader of the Opposition identify that local infrastructure requires investment so a good call out. I think again dropping a couple more policies around what the Conservatives are going to do for public services, such as the NHS and Education would have scored you more points here.
 
Israel
 
Probably your best topic out of the 3, although you skirted around the question at first that Paxman was actually asking. You later recovered and supporters would have been pleased to see that the Conservatives are clear on Foreign Policy.
 
Overall
 
Not a bad performance from the Leader of the Opposition, it could have gone better but again it wasn’t a car crash. A couple more policies would have given you a much healthier score but good effort.
 
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19/06/2019 9:42 pm  

Snap Verdict - Live Deputy PMQs (Adiputera/Byrne)

I must start this by giving props to both Byrne and Adiputera - both did a fine job and their parties should be proud. Byrne started off relatively strong, despite an early reprimand from Mr Speaker. Twitter was abuzz with jokes about "Whose Budget is it Anyway?" and Are You Smarter than a Ten-Year-Old - his first comment actually made the American TV show @Midnight, where it was the inspiration for the #PoliticizeAGameShow round of #HashtagWars. As Andy noted in AV chat, this was a case which showed that Byrne understood and played into the PMQs pageantry more than Adiputera. Ultimately, some of Adiputera's responses fell a bit short - accusing the Tories of changing policies is a little bit different than accusing Labour or the LDs of doing so - as the Tories aren't in government.

In their second round of three questions, Byrne made a mistake in focusing completely on the EU. If this was Mac vs. Ari, it probably would have been different, but it wasn't exactly a great move to play that game with a Lib Dem, especially when they have recently welcomed a former Tory MP who left because of Europe. Additionally, it wasn't a great move to announce that the Party would be backing leaving the EU - that's made some Europhiles think much harder about their affiliation with the party or whether they'll need to rebel against a potential EU referendum bill if it's understood that the Party will back a "leave" vote.

Ultimately, both deputy leaders had good, but not great performances. No major blows were given to either side, and there's no real change in public perception based on the clips people will see or read about on Twitter or other online sources. The real potential for damage comes if any of these statements made are reversed in the near future - but that shouldn't be surprising to you. As such, this one's a tie.

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26/06/2019 6:36 pm  

Snap Verdict - Labour Leadership Debate

Question 1 (plans): slight Gallacher win - "A government needs to be kick-started into life by someone with drive and determination." By her actions since rejoining the Cabinet, Gallacher has been an example of such a person. For a Government and Party that's been somewhat floundering, Gallacher stands out as a leader with drive and determination.

Question 2 (devolution): Gallacher win - Faye's focus on what more can be done in both Scotland and Wales was solid and tied into the current state of things in both nations. Additionally, her call to see what the people of Scotland and Wales would like devolved to their nations was well recieved.

Question 3 (transport): slight Ward win - Faye hit some phenomenal points in regards to the environment. But Ward hit a more comprehensive transport policy that included rail and airfare. Also, Ward earned points from coastal voters with his rebuttal.

Question 4 (unions): slight Ward win - Ultimately, Ward wins here because of his record so far as Chancellor - and it was a smart move to talk about his legislative work.

Question 5 (Suchet): slight Gallacher win - Ward's lines about neither rushing or refraining was good. However, Gallacher took Suchet and her government to task successfully.

Overall Winner: Slight Gallacher Win

+3 Media XP to Gallacher, +2 Media XP to Ward

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29/06/2019 10:55 pm  

Snap Verdict - Live PMQs

 

Well, it was what it was.

 

The Prime Minister doesn't need telling that this was a bad day at the office. It started with a transatlantic issue over the term “grammar school”, and snowballed from there. He seemed unprepared for what faced him, from grammar schools to Suchet's refugee pledge, to UN vetting, to Gatwick expansion. Ward stabilised towards the end, with better answers on the EU, on Syria, and on wages, although the only way was up from how the session started. The friendliest parts of the press put it down to first night nerves and being badly briefed; issues which can be overcome and a role that he can grow into. The less friendly parts of the press were markedly less forgiving.

 

Ironically, the performance of the PM distracted somewhat from Macmillan's questions. The press, when able to tear themselves away from the main story, praise the Leader of the Opposition for holding the Government to account and prompting the PM's meltdown.

 

Overwhelming Conservative victory

 

Honourable mentions to Eleanor Nerina's Gatwick question and Douglas Byrne's grammar school question (via Kwasi Kwarteng)

 

+3 XP of his choice for Dylan Macmillan

+1 Parliamentary XP each for Eleanor Nerina and Douglas Byrne


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