Thursday, June 29, 2006
Please Just Leave Parliament Alone!
Fresh from my ranting about the waste of space and money that is Prescott I was stunned to read the following bright spark fecking idea from NuLab nobody and clear blue-sky bollocks man Graham Allen.
Bollocks to wanting Blair to step down I’m going to start campaigning for the entire Labour party to do the world a favour and just feck off out of the country. The air fares for all of them would probably cost less than Prescott.
From Nick Assinder’s Commons Confidential:
“Labour MP Graham Allen has come up with a novel idea to re-engage people with the political process - run a competition to redesign the Commons Chamber.”
Yeah that’s going to work isn’t it Graham… all those people who sit at home not watching BBC Parliament are just going to go screaming into voting booths skipping and shouting the words “thank god they redesigned the chamber, now I can be interested again”.
“He suggests prizes for the best entry from a school, an architectural student or established architectural practice. “
A school? You’re looking for the answer in schools? Given that most of the people in schools are unable to vote I’m sure they are going to feel very well engaged by this fruitbat idea. Offer them the chance to redesign the Big Brother house and they might take you up on it. They have a say in who stays in after all.
"Anything which seeks to re-establish the credentials of the House of Commons as a forum for the nation and restores its self-respect as the place where serious political debate should take place, will I hope be taken seriously," he said.
Shouldn’t you be saying “anything except integrity which seeks to…..”. This appears to be what you are meaning. The House of Commons isn’t being taken seriously because:
a) anything passed in it gets overturned by a load of Belgians that we didn’t elect.
b) Anything the Belgians don’t overturn is shat on by the Americans which we didn’t elect
c) Anything not shat on by the Belgians and Americans that seems like a good idea is shat on by Labour backbenchers (see Education Bill).
d) Honourable members such as yourself are spending their parliamentary time designing
room drawing competitions to engage the under 8s.
“But the face-to-face, confrontational style of the chamber has always had its critics with those like Mr Allen who wonder if a more circular-style , hemicycle would encourage a more inclusive, grown up approach to politics. “
You mean like the EU parliament? What has that achieved? How has that improved life or democracy. Please place one thing the EU has done that has made your life better into the comments section.
Jack Straw has told Mr Allen that, while he has no problem with a competition, "I do not sense there is general demand for the current chamber to be redesigned".
In other words… “feck off and do some proper work you time-wasting tosser”.