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PMQs sketch: The SNP did not bare their bottoms, but Boris Johnson's head now looks like one; Sunday Mirror Political Editor Nigel Nelson witnesses one of the oddest PMQs ever as Brexit makes MPs go mad.

Byline: Nigel Nelson

SNP leader Ian Blackford staged his most impressive PMQs performance today so far by walking out of it.

Strictly speakinghe had just been expelled by John Bercowbut as the entire SNP contingent followed him, a walkout is what it looked like.

They were protesting at Scotland's shabby Brexit treatment and demanded the Commons sit in private which means Mr Blackford would have stayed while the rest of us would have been thrown out.

That seemed unfair. We'd done nothing wrong.

The Commons would have gone dark with no media coverage, which is not the way democracy should be conducted.

Instead Mr Blackford refused to resume his seat prompting the Speaker to eject him.

For a moment the SNP looked like they might stage a sit-in instead of a walkout and the deputy Serjeant-at-Arms fingered his sword ominously.

But as Mr Blackford harrumphed out they followed.

There was some insulting gesticulating at the Tory benches as they went.

This was reminiscent of that wonderful scene in Braveheart when Mel Gibson and his army bare their bottoms at the English.

But as the Commons Scots were not wearing kilts bottom-baring was off the agenda.

Talking of bottoms, I was struck by how much Boris Johnson's head now resembles a Mandrill monkey's nether regions.

I sit right above the Foreign Secretary, and I can report that his famous hair is disappearing and he has developed a bald spot.

WhenJeremy Corbyn had a go at him for suggesting Donald Trump could do a better job of Brexitthan Theresa May his bald spot went as red as a Mandrill.

It returned to a healthy pinkas the Scots began their rebellion. There is no accounting for this.

Perhaps, being something of a rebel himself it comforts Mr Johnson to witness it in others.

There was of course a lot of shouting and bad behaviour - except from a newborn baby in the public gallery who did not so much as belch.

Mr Bercow singled out the little one for special mention and everyone applauded.

It was a weird end to one of the weirdest PMQs in recent memory.

But the SNP are probably celebrating somewhere.

Bottoms up.


Credit: AFP

Boris: Mandrill lookalike

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 13, 2018
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