New Parliament voting system is a farce that turns MPs into targets

Jacob Rees-Mogg: the image makes him look serious but don’t be fooled – he’s an idiot.

What if a terrorist gets among MPs while they’re queuing to vote, in their “conga line” as the SNP describes it, all spaced two metres apart, two buildings down the road from the Palace of Westminster?

I know it’s not entirely likely, what with the Covid-19 lockdown and all, but anybody could go among them and cause chaos. Security is impossible, thanks to Jacob Rees-Mogg and his silly attempt to cling on to tradition.

Just take a look at this video by Labour’s Lloyd Russell-Moyles:

Anybody could get in amongst them – as indeed they appear to do in the clip.

Not only that, but the plan deliberately excludes MPs who must continue to “shield” from Covid-19 because they have medical conditions which demand that they do so:

The article states: “When returning from recess, MPs will have to vote on the proposal which could see them forming kilometre-long ‘conga-line’ queues in order to obey social distancing rules – despite the Lords planning a move online.

“Robert Halfon is among the senior Tories who say the move will turn individuals who, like him, are shielding and those who are ill, self-isolating or based far away from Westminster into ‘parliamentary eunuchs’.

“He is backing moves to allow digital voting to resume in amendments to Mr Rees-Mogg’s motion led by Conservative former Cabinet minister Karen Bradley.”

Rees-Mogg has reluctantly announced plans to offer shielding MPs a “limited” role in Commons proceedings.

It isn’t good enough.

Our MPs were elected to play a full role in Parliamentary proceedings and if the Leader of the House of Commons tries to limit it then he is acting in an unconstitutional way and should be challenged, in court if necessary.

If such a challenge were to win, then any decisions made under the Rees-Mogg system would have o be voided.

So it would be better all around if no decision were taken until all challenges have concluded.

And that, Mr Rees-Mogg, would slow down Parliament more than digital sessions ever did.

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5 Thoughts to “New Parliament voting system is a farce that turns MPs into targets”

  1. SteveH

    There were 200 MPs who couldn’t attend parliament because of Covid-19 restrictions. They didn’t get to take part in this farcical vote to disenfranchise them. Is this democracy, aren’t their constituents entitled to representation?

  2. Jeffrey Davies

    Karma over three quarters of them voted for cuts in the dwp payments and many having felt action t4 isn’t it their time to squirm

  3. The Toffee (597)

    “Robert Halfon is among the senior Tories who say the move will turn individuals who, like him, are shielding and those who are ill, self-isolating or based far away from Westminster into ‘parliamentary eunuchs’.

    In fairness, there’s plenty of MPs nothing more than eunuchs as it is.

    There’s no need for 650 of them. 3-5 per county is plenty.

  4. Hecuba

    Fascist tory Rees-Mogg is delighted his plan is working so well. All those MPs who cannot physically attend Parliament ensures the fascist tory government continues its murderous campaign against us the public!

    Fascist little england is now a fact and democracy died long ago!! Don’t expect the fascist tories to change how the voting system operates because demanding MPs must be physically present in the House of Commons in order to vote is unconstitutional but then the fascist tories can ignore these ‘petty regulations!’ Fascist dictator boris illegally prorogued Parliament and nothing happened!

    Carry on queuing MPs because now you all know what it is like to queue in order to vote; enter a supermarket; post office etc!

    I’m certain Rees-Mogg and fascist dictator boris didn’t have to queue to enter the Commons! They’re special fascist tories!

  5. No self respecting terrorist would want to get amongst this shower of idiots. If they had any guts at all they would all revolt against the idiot JRM and send him packing with his stupidity.

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