The Green Party has come under fire – particularly from Labour – for publishing what some are calling a “hit list” of MPs who did not support calls for a ceasefire in Gaza at a Parliamentary vote last week.
Some MPs have been exposed to mass demonstrations outside their offices – and in some cases vandalisation of those buildings.
The victims – and others – have claimed that publication of their voting choice has endangered them.
But the way every MP votes in every Parliamentary decision is always available to the public. So why are they whining?
MPs knew the vote was going to be contentious before they got anywhere near a voting lobby and were publishing their own commentaries on why they intended to oppose a ceasefire in advance of it.
Sadly, in many cases, their claims seem to have fallen short of the kind of understanding the public expects them to have:
These useless briefcase MPs doing their little explanatory notes on why they won’t support a ceasefire are also tragic in so far as they have to keep pretending they understand humanitarianism, diplomacy, multilateralism, the Middle East, and international law.
The idea these…
— Philip Proudfoot (@PhilipProudfoot) November 16, 2023
After the vote, people were calling for heads to roll independently. Here’s comedian Francesca Martinez on Keir Starmer:
Please sign & RT!
'We call on Keir Starmer to resign after his failure to consistently oppose war crimes… despite over 11,000 Palestinians being killed, including thousands of children.'@DiEM_25 @DiEM25UKhttps://t.co/1YoBlKee2J
— Francesca Martinez (@chessmartinez) November 16, 2023
And here, Stats for Lefties calls out hypocrisy by a nonentity Labour frontbencher called Matt Western (who?):
Two weeks ago, Labour frontbencher @MattWestern_ called for "an immediate ceasefire" in Gaza.
Last night, he abstained when offered the chance to vote for an immediate ceasefire. pic.twitter.com/NMo4pNMjir
— Stats for Lefties 🇵🇸🏳️⚧️ (@LeftieStats) November 16, 2023
But the Green Party ‘X’ post highlighting every MP who opposed a ceasefire attracted hate from the moment it appeared. Cllr John Haywood appears to make a good point:
Two MPs have been murdered in the past decade and more have been attacked by people wielding weapons.
This is just utterly irresponsible and the worst politics of the gutter. Shame. https://t.co/PTL8uynrNV
— Cllr John Haywood 🌹 🐝 (@ringwodian) November 16, 2023
The point seemed to be hammered home when this happened:
Labour MP Jo Stevens' office vandalised by pro-Palestine protesters https://t.co/rAUppElmGq
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) November 17, 2023
But then, consider this response to an MP’s employee:
Awwww. Could be worse I suppose, imagine this: pic.twitter.com/UFTwLCRHru
— Lady Blah Blah (@glynbmil) November 17, 2023
Yes. Actions have consequences. A positive vote for a ceasefire could have led to more positive action that could, eventually, have put a stop to scenes like that which “Lady Blah Blah” highlighted. Employees of MPs who voted against that can’t really say they are working to improve people’s lives in such instances. Can they?
Labour leader Keir Starmer said he is not worried about his own safety but has concerns for that of his family – presumably as a result of this vote:
Starmer: fears for family’s safety! What absolute wimp is @Keir_Starmer? Not about YOU its about wholesale genocide care of your Zionist mates you support! Children losing limbs, horrific slaughter and you talk about yourself! You selfish tosser! https://t.co/yuivRBWQim
— NOT VOTING SERIAL LIAR STARMER (@xpressanny) November 19, 2023
Of course, nobody should feel endangered as a result of a vote in Parliament. Equally, they need to remember that they are only in Parliament to enact the will of the people – and 76 per cent of the UK public (that’s more than three-quarters) want peace in Gaza.
If a member of Parliament votes against the will of their constituents – having been made fully aware of that will in advance of the vote – then they need to accept that there may be consequences. If those consequences are extreme, they may wish to implement defensive measures – especially if people cross the line into illegality.
This Writer is a journalist and has been for more than 30 years. In that time I have received threats of violence, death, “we know where you live”… the whole gamut. Mostly those have been nothing more than people letting off steam and nothing more came of them.
None of them stopped me from doing my job. But then, my job was always defending the vulnerable against powerful, vested interests. I was always in the right. Those who voted against a ceasefire cannot make the same claim.
Perhaps we should look for other reasons these MPs are complaining…
When Sir @Keir_Starmer takes charge, he'll forbid people to know how MPs voted; Hansard will be redacted; voters will be disenfranchised if they ask MPs what they think.@UKLabour members who disagree will be expelled.
The first paragraph is satirical; the second has happened. https://t.co/H58wKkgyvH
— Greg Hadfield (@GregHadfield) November 17, 2023
It seems likely, doesn’t it?
Is this the start of an attack on MPs’ accountability? If so, it must be opposed.
MPs of all parties that voted against a ceasefire in Gaza are complaining about their names being circulated in a list on social media. Some claim it has compromised their safety
People have a right to know how their MP votes in parliament. If these MPs do not like being held to…
— Socialist Voice (@SocialistVoice) November 17, 2023
“People have a right to know how their MP votes in parliament. If these MPs do not like being held to account then they are in the wrong job.”
And here’s another thought:
Do you find it strange that Labour MPs and councillors are now attacking the Green Party?
They are attacking now because they fear a swing from Labour to Green as never before.
They will now lie and smear the Green Party as they lied and smeared the Left of Labour.
— LadyBlues #Black Lives Matter #NHSPay20%💙BDS (@Ladyblues666) November 17, 2023
Finally, the sound and fury over people who voted against a ceasefire has obscured the fact that people who voted for it have also been targeted:
The threats, abuse and intimidation MPs are getting for voting / not voting for the Gaza ceasefire amendment yesterday needs to stop.
Those that voted for are not “Hamas supporters” “rape apologists” or any of the other abusive phrases being used
— Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) November 17, 2023
Was this deliberate? Make a lot of noise about being victims so that other victims go unnoticed?
That would be utterly despicable.
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