Conservative MPs jeered as an Opposition Parliamentarian walked off with a ceremonial bit of kit in a symbolic protest against Theresa May’s deferral of the “meaningful vote” on Brexit – showing they care more for tradition than democracy.
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle walked off with the Mace after the government invoked an obscure Parliamentary procedure to end the debate on Mrs May’s Brexit deal, rather than accepting the will of the House of Commons.
The only requirement was for a government whip to shout “Tomorrow” after 8pm on Monday (December 10).
After he did this, Mr Russell-Moyle made his protest. The Mace is a symbol that the Crown gives permission for Parliament to govern. If it is not in position, then MPs are not permitted to debate or vote.
Mr Russell-Moyle made his move to show that the government had cut off Parliament’s ability to function properly.
Speaker John Bercow had no option but to order Mr Russell-Moyle’s removal from the House of Commons and suspend him as a member of Parliament – although this suspension was only set to last until the end of business that day.
You can hear the Conservatives’ response to this behaviour in the clip below – and read the public response to it in the tweets that follow:
Hilarious to watch the Tory benches' faux outrage at Lloyd Russell-Moyle grabbing the mace – when their shambles of a government was literally found in contempt of Parliament, for the first time in history, just last week #WayToGoLloyd #VoteMayDown pic.twitter.com/Xknf8UaD7n
— The Prole Star (@TheProleStar) December 10, 2018
The Tory MPs yelling "disgusting" have revealed their moral compass. Voting to strip disabled people of their benefits or plunge children into poverty or undermine our democracy isn't "disgusting". Picking up a… mace in Parliament is.
— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) December 10, 2018
Mr Russell-Moyle had this to say:
Thankfully they haven’t locked me in the Tower of London but if they had I’d expect May to be in the cell next to me for her treatment of Parliament today. I’m allowed back tomorrow after my symbolic protest against this government, wish May wasn’t allowed back. https://t.co/S51q5O9QEt
— Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP🌹🇪🇺🏳️🌈 (@lloyd_rm) December 10, 2018
Here’s some background information about the Mace:
for the non-Brits, our parliamentary chamber contains a big gold magic wand whose sole purpose is that someone grabs it and gets thrown out every 10-20 years pic.twitter.com/Ew3P3ib9is
— 📻 MF DOOMSCROLLING (@nailheadparty) December 10, 2018
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Tories and their right wing cohorts only like democracy when they are winning.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle has also tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) to oppose Trump’s plans for a new nuclear arms race by scrapping the 1987 INF nuclear missiles treaty.
I would urge all readers of this blog to support him on this by asking your MP to sign this important EDM using the link below. Get your friends to do so too:
Here is the link:
Tarzan hessletine did a much better demonstration with it.