A black day for Parliament, Democracy & FoI


510, yes I'll say that again, 510 MPs did not turn-up in parliament to express an opinion on David McLean's bill to hide information from the public. The fact that David Cameron and his chums on the front bench did not turn up to vote against this appalling bill troubles me. David Cameron tasked Ken Clarke to report back on strengthening democracy, Parliament and trust in politics yet neither of these men bothered to oppose the bill. And, despite the Lib Dems' Norman Baker hopping up and down in rage, only 10 out of his 57 colleagues supported him. We all know that the vast majority of Labour MPs are spineless cowards, so we can't be too surprised to note that only a couple opposed the move. In short, a plague on all their houses!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sadly this will only create more hatred of all politicians amongst the electorate of Great Britain. Can you ever imagine this country showing an 84% Election turn out as they did recently in France. A Party activists dream. But I dont think it will ever happen.
And David McLeans £3,300 Quad Bike paid out of Parlimentary expenses! Tut tut!

David Allen said...

Also absent was Lynne Featherstone, who would turn up to the opening of an envelope! Apaptrently she was laid up in bed with shingles on Friday so couldn't attend _ but was well enough on Saturday to turn up at a radio studio to pontificate on the matter _ perhaps we should take to calling her 'Lazarus Lynne' _ when we're not calling her the 'Postage Queen of SW1A'!

Anonymous said...

"in bed with Shingles"? Who is this chap? And what was he thinking of?

Anonymous said...

He's sounds like a nice Jewish lad...

mutleythedog said...

Ridiculous isn't it - which - if any of these idiots has the smallest degree of principle or opinion?? They are just worse than ever....

Anonymous said...

I've heard MPs try and defend this by saying they are just trying to protect their correspondence with constituents... if that is the case, why cannot that correspondence be granted a general exemption? Why do they have to keep their expenses secret too?

Ellee said...

I agree it is absolutely shocking. What is the point of having such an important debate on a day it is known that the majority of MPs will not be there but in their constituencies. I said exactly the same.

Norfolk Blogger said...

David, you attack Lynne Feathersonte, but what about all the Tory front benchers who supported it ? What about the fact that the BBC and ITV claimed that the Tory leadership had "given it the nod", and today we read that the only lord to support it and propse it in the lords is a Tory !

Matt said...

I know that either way we're talking about small numbers, but I made it 12 Lib Dems in the debate's final vote (the two tellers included) and up to 15 at the various other votes during the debate.