October 22nd, 2012

Parliament Can’t Recall Promising to Sack Corrupt MPs

Both Dave and Nick promised before the election they would change the law to let us recall corrupt MPs. After the election they agreed it was a priority and put it in the Coalition Agreement:

We will bring forward early legislation to introduce a power of recall, allowing voters to force a by-election where an MP is found to have engaged in serious wrongdoing and having had a petition calling for a by-election signed by 10% of his or her constituents.

Imagine Guido’s shock when pretty much the only piece of legislation proposed by this government that would improve accountability was kicked into the long grass:

“The Government remains committed to establishing a recall mechanism which is transparent, robust and fair. However, we set out in the White Paper that we would consider the results of this process with great care. In order to fulfil that pledge, and to give due consideration to the Committee’s conclusions and recommendations, the Government wishes to take the proper time to reflect on this policy and determine its future direction. That way we can be sure of introducing the most appropriate mechanism for our constitutional framework.”

In other words, never…


68 Comments

  1. 1
    Turkey Clegg and Turkey Cameron says:

    Fooled You all!!!

  2. 2
    The BBC are peedo enablers says:

    Business as usual!

    • 47
      Rotherham Person says:

      Wavy Davey rides again with his side kick Tonto Clegg, ready to fight wrongs and put miscreants in jail, but first Dave has to think about it

  3. 3
    Dennis McShane's Shed says:

    “Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas” shocker……

    • 19
      ÁC1 says:

      “corrupt MP” is another tautology.

      • 66
        Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

        If they had introduced this Act, I would have been the first one to be recalled and lose his seat. Nick Clegg could not allow this as my boys are the 2nd highest donors to the LibDems from the profits they have made from the asylum seeker/planning permission scam that I run here in Portsmouth. Boaz.

  4. 4
    Shooty* says:

    Let them get rid of Scotland first, to take some of the risk out of it. Then ask again.

  5. 6
    George McGovern RIP says:

    Did Nixon really call him a “pansy poet socialist?”

  6. 7
    Anon says:

    In the same context as Cast Iron Guarantee’s of a EUSSR referendum

    Very Flexible…….& now blowing in the wind….

    • 37
      Spot says:

      Or drifting gently along in the Gulf Stream in a southerly direction down the Portuguese coast eventually ending on the East coast of Barbados in about 10years time.

  7. 8

    Wish I could think of something intellectual to say – am letting myself down

  8. 9
    Call me Dave says:

    You had my cast iron guarantee on this and an EU PLEBiscite

    LOL

  9. 10
    UlyssesReturns says:

    A good reason for the Coalition to not implement is: the first MP to face recall would be Cleggy.

  10. 11
    Cameron is a racist. Diane Abbott says:
    • 14
      Diane Fatbott says:

      One tequila, two tequila, three tequila floor

      hic

      • 20
        Some Twat up North says:

        This woman is a fucking buffoon, she should let that cut under her nose heal up.

        • 41
          Uncle Joe says:

          Out of control female party members are given one chance then if no improvement shot. This one is well past the deadline

    • 18
      I don't need no doctor says:

      Modderation is beyond belief. Guido, you are making a mockery of your own site.

      • 45
        Happy Valley says:

        Jeepers, you were right Doc. My reply to your delicate suggestion was also mo&&ed. Nothing as kwear as folk, methinks.

    • 24
      ÁC1 says:

      So you took to twitter to complain about white people working (as unemployment is down!).

    • 39
      UlyssesReturns says:

      Dear Ms Abbott. Black youths require role models and if they choose you they will get a fat lazy hypocritical bitch who went to Oxford and sent her son to a private school while denying others the same opportunities. Having never done a decent day’s work in your overindulged stupid life I suggest you change the subject.

  11. 16
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    Why the hell are there not TV’s in first class on the train?

  12. 17
    Not surprised says:

    Anyone know where I can lay my hands on some barrels of gunpowder and if there are any storage facilities in the SW1A area?

    Asking for a friend…

  13. 21
    Why use one word when 500 will suffice says:

    “The Government remains committed to establishing a recall mechanism which is transparent, robust and fair. However, we set out in the White Paper that we would consider the results of this process with great care. In order to fulfil that pledge, and to give due consideration to the Committee’s conclusions and recommendations, the Government wishes to take the proper time to reflect on this policy and determine its future direction. That way we can be sure of introducing the most appropriate mechanism for our constitutional framework.”

    OR

    Fuck you all Plebs

    • 31
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Well, yes…

      …yet when the Gov tries to introduce boundary changes to reduce the number of MPs from 660 to 600, the Plebs say “nah – coz itz the Torie Toffs gerryman… gerrynamd… er… fiddlin’, innit, yer”.

      Make your mind up what you want.

  14. 23
    Tallyban says:

    We will solve the problem for you Dave. For a first offence chop off the right or left hand as appropriate. For a second offence , stone the fxcker to death in public

  15. 30
    gramma says:

    Power to recall is one thing Guido.
    Finding honest men in Parliament to form a select committee to adjudicate, whose hands are still moderately clean is another.

  16. 33
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    Why is the toilet paper not quilted on Pendalino first class?, and more to the point why was I not invited to the captains table on my way to London?

    • 52
      Some Twat up North says:

      Apologies M’lord, we weren’t aware you were in first class, we believed you were engaged in valuable PR work in ‘Cattle Class’

      Normally of course we would have a child available to cleanse you, thus avoiding you having to sully yourself with your own excrement. Unfortunately said child was busy being bummed by the Captain, as we did not appreciate that you might be caught short or hungry.

      Please accept our apologies and we trust our franchise will be renewed.

  17. 35
    Hattie the child molestor says:
  18. 43
    Happy Valley says:

    Jeepers, you were right Doc. My reply to your delicate suggestion was also mo&&ed. Nothing as kwear as folk, methinks.

  19. 44
    Not surprised says:

    Has anyone else noted the large increase in the use of the word “Robust” by MP’s? Almost on a par with the word “clearly.”

    Both seem to mean the exact opposite!

    • 62
      Otis B Berger the Third from Maine says:

      Let us be clear , the phrase ” you know ” appears to have been banned these days . I am appalled by this and someone clearly has questions to answer .

  20. 46
    you gotta larf says:

    this isn’t new!!
    my MP told me this a couple of years ago when he sneeringly told me that they have to look after themselves (he’s a tory)

  21. 53
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD and CODFATHER of SOLE says:

    Can we also kick out a useless government if 10% of voters think they are shite ?

  22. 54
    Robespierre and Danton says:

    You’ve tried your way. Now try ours.

  23. 55

    Could be difficult running a parliament with no MPs left in it.

    Crying shame that our country is being let down by the quality of our MPs. Still we voted for them.

    Can only hope that Democracy2015 forces a raising of the bar.

  24. 56
    Fog on the Tyne says:

    How can we persuade our MPs to insult the religion of peace? Could lead to a satisfactory result.

    • 61
      So what's the problem? says:

      Ask our resident cartoonists to come up with something suitably useful (like they do every week).

  25. 63
    The savant says:

    I. Smell yet again the strong and pungent fragrance of the savanna

    I e the long grass


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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