"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."

Wednesday, 9 September 2009


The recess is dragging on interminably.  Parliament still has another 33 days until the House returns for full business.  There are a few desultory Committees sitting but nothing worth shouting about; at the moment Parliament tv is showing a rerun of something called 'the Official Language Committee' from early July.  I'm missing PMQs.

It's true that there's been quite a bit going on, thanks mostly to Libya, MPs' expenses, EDL/UAF skirmishes, plus there's the usual daily outrage at the incompetence of individual government departments as filtered through the pages of the press but it's hard to hold a government to account when they're not there and there's a reluctance for Cabinet Ministers to visit tv studios to argue their side of the coin (witness the ubiquity of Tony McNulty at the moment).

MPs have argued that they have lots of Constituency work to do but while they're sequestered from the nation the world turns around us.  The EU, for example, hasn't stopped churning out directives and regulations; the Council on Foreign Relations hasn't suspended its decision-making, yet here we're having a period of unaccountability.  It's impossible to question anything in depth.

I, for one, will be glad when Parliament reconvenes on October 12th and I and this blog can get back to some semblance of 'normality'.  In the meantime I've been feeling like the black rain-cloud over Eeyore's head so you can also find me, if you want, at Veils of Morning, which is where I go when the daily dross of crime, sleaze, corruption, political expediency and NWO gets too much.


  1. There used to be two PMQs you know. Then Tony Blair came along and removed one of them.

  2. Yes, he combined 2x15 minute sessions into 1x30 mins. There was talk of Cameron reverting to the old form but I think that's been knocked on the head now. Personally, I'd like to see 2 x 30 min sessions!

  3. How convenient for Gordon that the Lockerbie scandal happened over the summer recess, and the holiday is so long the whole event will have time to be swept under the carpet.

    Slimy, lazy Labour. Evading PMQs won't help him, everything catches up in the end.

  4. Good old Gordon - he always hides behind the sofa when big issues need addressing. I know Labour are hoping that the people will forget about things like the expenses and Megrahi, but I don't think they will.

  5. Really? FFS I hate when I read stuff that is overtly biased. The book I read said that "Tony Blair abolished one of the two PMQs" bloody hell...

  6. 13th spitfire - what book, out of interest?


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