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Another day another vote in Parliament

Thursday, July 10th, 2008 at 2:12 pm Written by:

Still spending hours doing my own editing of Public Whip, turning Parliamentary gibberish into stuff that’s more useful with hyperlinks, because nobody else out of the entire establishment — including anyone luxuriating on a civil service pension with time on their hands and a lot of knowledge and skills going to waste — seems to be bothered…

(I got an income tax bill yesterday, which isn’t very convenient since I’d just spent all of my limited income on living. Pension savings can take a hike. Government advise is for programmers like me to piss off and get a proper job at EDS writing the worst computerized tax system in the world. Basically, the national and cultural policy is to starve all software developers who contemplate working in the public interest, because if it isn’t art and doesn’t make anyone rich, it has no right to exist.)

So, anyway, I found a couple of new votes in the division list. I began drafting an email to No2ID about it, but then thought, “Sod It”. In spite of frequent hassling, these useless gets don’t ever take time to maintain the public whip policy on ID cards which can be automatically compared against MPs. They’ve never gone in and edited any of the votes like this one in order that it looked like this one.

Anyways, the biometric ID cards votes in question impose the scheme on visitors to the UK. There’s this one establishing a civil penalty code of practice for those who resist, and this one which links to the full regulations.

Interesting, there was a vote to impose a set of pilot regulations back in April, so you can look at this page to see which MPs switched their votes between then and now. Guess what. It’s members of the DUP, the party who allegedly received some sort of favours to vote through the 42 days detention.

Interestingly, Sammy Wilson MP (East Antrim) didn’t go along with them. Could this provide evidence to the structure of the alleged favour, or does he or his constituents retain some faith in the retention of civil liberties against the basic competence of the government to be trusted with personal data. I don’t know.

What I do know is that the Tories, as is very common, were entirely absent from the vote. They also chose not to vote on a special Lincolnshire police rate-capping order.

Who knows what the game is? Do they even know their own policies? Or is this how seriously they take their badge of Loyal Opposition when confronted with numerous policies, like nuclear power, that they agree with, but can’t bring themselves to vote with the Government.

I mean, they should have merged back in 1999, the Tories and the New Labour Party, after New Labour had exhausted its entire list of things important things it had promised to do, like Minimum Wage, Human Rights Act, Electoral Reform, Freedom of Information, and Right to Roam (in Scotland only). It’s not possible to determin any difference in political direction since that time. It’s been a big con, put over on a thoroughly disengaged public who don’t show any interest in knowing the actual ingredients the brands have put into their bitter product.

To see the Conservative Party turnout in all votes since the last election, click here. You can work out for yourself what to click on to sort by turnout, and to see similar no-show votes for the other terms.

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