"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."

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Clegg & The Mentally Ill

I missed this piece of news,  it was probably too early on Thursday morning for me, so here it is now because I feel it's symptomatic of what's wrong with Clegg - but it could be that he's just got too much time on his hands and needs to look busy.

He seems to be scouring past laws in an attempt to remove or amend those that seem most innocuous.  In this particular instance he cites irrelevance and equality as being the motivating factors but laws such as the 1886 Lunacy (Vacating of Seats) Act incorporated into S.141 Mental Health Act 1983 were put in place for a reason - primarily, I would have thought, as a safeguard.

It could be he's looking ahead to one of Cameron's election promises but I don't think he's so far-sighted and he doesn't mention it as a factor.   During ther GE campaign Cameron promised to give voters the power to recall MPs who the local electorate thought not up to the job so that would effectively make S.141 unnecessary.  However,  (a) that isn't on the horizon yet and (b) when/if it does appear it's bound to be subject to so many hurdles as to make it shallow and meaningless.

Not for the first time the motives of a politician have me bemused.  The govt is to publish its 'Freedom' Bill next week so it's worth keeping an eye on it to see what else is included.

Clegg to repeal law disqualifying mentally ill MPs

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