Groundhog Parliament

mhairoOur nation has only one Parliament and it is vital that it is cared for and not misused, it is a costly resource and the only place in which laws can be made. Tragically when MPs from outside of the Government wish to introduce legislative changes as opposed to amending legislation being proposed by the Government, they have very little chance of being able to get their ideas debated. Even if there is a debate, such as there was on Friday for a Bill proposed by the SNP MP, Mhairi Black who represents Paisley and Renfrewshire South, the tactics and diversions created by MPs who are part of the party of Government seem to show just how little regard there is for improving the lives of people throughout the nation. The Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill was not talked out on Friday and it will return on Friday 24th February, but unless there is a substantial number of MPs present, it will almost certainly fail. It is seeking to improve the experience for Millions of people who are in receipt of benefits and whose ability to eat and be housed is being impacted by draconian sanctions, that have been concocted to make these people feel permanently under the cosh. It was dispiriting to read of numerous Conservative MPs challenging Mhairi that her view that there should be no sanctions, meant that this Bill which is simply a device to reduce the level of sanctions to a more reasonable level was dishonest. It was equally dispiriting to read the transcript and see a complete disregard for the true facts. There are thousands of people being sanctioned, but then having these sanctions lifted on appeal. This process is costing you and I Millions of pounds. This Bill was an attempt to reduce this. However because in the end the number of people being sanctioned is relatively low, the Conservatives in the debate were arguing that there was no problem. It is depressing in the extreme that people who claim to represent their constituents, are so out of touch with a regime that they have created. Let us hope that between now and 24th February, all of the MPs in the Chamber can be persuaded to get behind this Bill and that we we won’t have another excuse for MPs like David Nuttall and his colleagues to use Filibuster to talk the Bill out.


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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