Is Jesse a Burkean?

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Jesse Norman, Tory MP and author of Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet, Edmund Burke: The Visionary Who Invented Modern Politics, and Edmund Burke: The First Conservative, has announced on his blog that he will be ducking the EU question. Complaining that “I am very far from expert in this area, many aspects of which are mind-bogglingly complex”, Norman has decided that publicly backing one side over another would be bad form. He has instead said that he will “try to pose questions and provide facts” for his constituents.

A recent ComRes poll showed 74% of the public believe their MP should come out for their constituents’ views, with only 5% wanting their representatives to back the party leadership. Norman appears to pandering to this populist demand.

What would his hero, Edmund Burke, say about MPs avoiding making decisions? Famously Burke said “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.” It seems Norman disagrees with his hero…

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Dimbleby’s Questionable Tirade Against “Right-Wing”

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Any Questions last night came from the Royal College for the Blind in Hereford with the Lord Blunkett, David Davis, the dotty General Secretary of CND, Dr Kate Hudson, and Quentin Letts. The mix compered by Jonathan Dimbleby. At the end, as the audience was still sitting there, Dimbleby gave them a lecture about the horrid right-wing wanting to close the BBC and urging them all to write to their MP, ministers etc. Oddly partisan for a Dimbleby…

Not only was this unusual – and quite a test of his status as an impartial presenter – there is also the fact that Hereford is the seat of Jesse Norman, chairman of the Culture Select Committee, which has just launched a savage judgement on the BBC Trust, calling for it to be scrapped. Jesse’s report also took the Beeb to task for organising that round-robin letter by BBC stars to try to speak up for the Beeb. Dimbleby is swimming in quite dangerous partisan waters here, surely…

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