"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Showing posts with label Beckett. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beckett. Show all posts

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Question Time: Live Chat + Videos

Biased-BBC is hosting the usual live chat on this evening's Question Time.  David Starkey is on the panel and the action begins at half past ten, UK time.

I don't usually post videos of QT but it was a good one this week - the mix of an informed & lively audience and David Starkey is worth watching.  Margaret Beckett was not well-received and gets some stick - as does Gordon Brown.  Other panellists are Charles Kennedy, Caroline Lucas and Andrew Lansley.


With thanks to Swiss Bob (who's having problems with YouTube and may have his a/c deleted shortly!) at The Daily Politics

Thursday, 18 June 2009

TheTories Should Think Again on Beckett

Why are the Conservatives backing Margaret Beckett for Speaker? She voted against reforms put forward by Speaker Martin last year to end the right of MPs to claim on furniture for their second homes and she abstained from votes exempting Parliament from the freedom of information requirements.

Here's her voting record:
Voted a mixture of for and against a transparent Parliament.
Voted moderately for introducing a smoking ban.
Voted strongly for introducing ID cards.
Voted moderately for introducing foundation hospitals.
Voted moderately for introducing student top-up fees.
Voted strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws.
Voted very strongly for the Iraq war.
Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war.
Voted very strongly for replacing Trident.
Voted moderately for the hunting ban.
Voted moderately for equal gay rights.
Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change.
She's a Labour Party lackey.

Monday, 6 April 2009

I Can't Keep Up!

I really can't keep up with MPs' allowances; there are just too many loopholes in too many 'rules'. The latest, who won't be the last, is the pin-up girl of the Caravan Club, Margaret Beckett. Beckett joins the ranks of the three-homes hoons.

Not only the Green Book rules themselves but also Parliament needs a thorough root and branch revision so that it more accurately reflects the will of the people (remember us?)instead of treating us like cash-cows to finance their social engineering experiments.
UPDATE: Harman pledges 'action'. So, that's alright then.
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