Nigel Griffiths: Mr Speaker, is it in order for Conservative MPs to pile into the Chamber?End result. Griffiths looks a chump and George gets his debate tomorrow afternoon.
Mr Speaker: I wish they would pile in more often.
UPDATE: Here's the argument George Osborne deployed...
"Mr Speaker, I beg to ask leave to debate a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely yesterday’s Pre Budget Report. This was not just a Report, but an emergency Budget and a reckless gamble with the public finances. It introduces a £20 billion fiscal loosening and a £40 billion package of future tax increases. The VAT changes, which add £12 billion to the national debt, will come into force next Monday – before any parliamentary approval is possible and without the opportunity to raise the widespread scepticism the public and retailers have expressed about its merits and its costs. The prospect of a rise on national insurance, which the Institute of Fiscal Studies confirmed today hits anyone of incomes of over £19,000, is already damaging confidence in a future recovery.
The news that the government is set to borrow more than any government in history, and that the national debt will double to one trillion pounds, has shocked the entire country. If this had formally been called a Budget there would now be four whole days of debate. Instead this government refuses to hold even one day's debate on yesterday’s Report. They are running away from the argument because they are losing that argument. Mr Speaker, these are the issues that the country is talking about and I believe we should be talking about them here in this Chamber. That is why I seek this debate."