Dismal day for democracy as Commons supports #ToryPowerGrab Bill

Theresa May is laughing at you, because she is one step closer to eliminating your rights, as enshrined in EU law.

The House of Commons has supported a Bill to throw away democracy and let a minority Conservative government tinker with the laws that protect our rights.

The result of 326 votes to 290 against – a majority of 36 – was a huge majority in favour of the EU Withdrawal Bill for a government that, on paper, shouldn’t be able to get anything through.

We can assume that the DUP has helped, despite the question mark hanging over the Tory bribe of £1 (£1.5?) billion to the far-right Northern Irish party.

But there is also the question of Labour turncoats who supported the Bill, claiming that they were following the will of the people after the EU referendum. In fact, they are doing nothing of the sort.

If the Bill had been defeated, the government would have had to devise a new one – perhaps one that considered democracy the better way, rather than the dictatorship being pushed at us now.

This is only the Second Reading of the Bill, and it should be remembered that detailed discussions are to follow in the Committee Stage, that may see amendments being made that could change all our minds. But will they?

The list showing how MPs voted has not been published at the time of writing. When it is, I’ll try to publish it here.

I would strongly urge anybody who believes in democracy to check how your MP voted and, if they supported the Bill, contact them and demand to know why they are trying to turn the Mother of Parliaments into the Mother of Dictatorships.

And publicise their answers in the local press and on the social media.

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  1. Stephen Noakes September 11, 2017 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I don’t need to wait until it shows how MPs voted to know how mine did, Ranil Jayawardena 99% follows the Tory party votes, useless waste of space.

  2. Roland Laycock September 12, 2017 at 8:19 am - Reply

    And the Fascist system gets a little closer by the day the word Democracy should be rubbed out of the English Dictionary

  3. NMac September 12, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I too know exactly how my waste of space MP voted. He is a hard-line right-wing nasty Tory reactionary who does his best to turn the clock back to the 19th century.

  4. Barry Davies September 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    So if the MP’s who voted against the Bill want to regain any credibility they need to explain to the British public just how not transposing the eu legislation into British legislation will work, as it would become unenforceable on the day we leave otherwise. They also need to explain why removing ever eccentric law that is transposed into British law and would be pointless after we leave needs to have a bill to remove it and go through the full parliamentary system which would keep parliament busy for the next 50 years at least. I’m no tory supporter but the basis of this Bill is sound for everyone but those who would interfere with democracy and seek to keep us in the eu.

    • Mike Sivier September 12, 2017 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      The problem isn’t transposing EU legislation onto the UK statute book. I thought everybody understood this.
      The problem is that the Tory plan is for ministers from the Conservative Party to tinker with the EU laws before they get onto the UK statute book – taking away our hard-won rights and protections.
      It’s a charter for dictatorship, no less.

      • Daniel Margrain September 12, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

        Skinner should hold his head in shame. Never did like the bloke.

  5. hugosmum70 September 12, 2017 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    i know my MP voted against it. its in an email i received from her today which she sends to all her labour members. Mary Creogh voted against……… cant say the same for Dennis Skinner. unless what ive read and been told is not true……….. i have always looked up to that old miner . his feelings and the way he stands up to the MP and her minions. but if, as the media says, he did vote aainst, i am so sorry and can only think his age is catching up to him/

  6. Zippi September 13, 2017 at 2:35 am - Reply

    Our Parliament has long since gone to the dogs. Why is it that, whenever there is a real opportunity to put in some proper safeguards, scrutiny etc. the House either votes against it, or doesn’t plan for it? Perhaps it would have been better if there had been more prosecutions in the wake of the expenses scandal; the House would be just as effective with half of the Members in prison!

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