Saturday, October 22, 2005

Hoon Not 'Short' of Talk

I find it disgraceful that the Leader of the House Geoff Hoon should talk out Claire Short's private member's bill to make the government accountable to parliament before sending troops to war. It must be a sign of how concerned the government were that they could not whip their own back bencers to the no lobby.

The fact that Hoon serves as leader of the House with his main duty being the handling of the business of the House makes this episode all the more galling. It makes it all appear to be a deliberate attempt by the government to stall further democracy within hte elected chamber and try an maintain the semblance of Presidential leadership enjoyed by Tony Blair.

At least one recent octogenerian at least maintained cabinet government and respected the House of Commons whatever her faults in policy.

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