There are many challenges facing the UK as it prepares for departure from the bloc of countries that make up our strongest trading relationships and come to terms with the out of control President of our closest ally outside of Europe. Yet if there was any suggestion that our Parliament is focusing on the big issues, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. Towards the end of 2016 there was a great deal of concern that the Conservative Party in Parliament had nominated Philip Davies to be the party representative in a committee known as the Women and Equalities Committee. The concern was expressed by people who knew that Mr Davies who I have written about before due to his habit of acting as Filibuster in Chief for the Government every time they want a private members bill killed off, has often spoken out against feminist causes such as calling for more women to be sent to prison. Earlier this month Mr Davies was involved in asking the Government to rename the committee on which he had just been elected to sit on. Whilst such questions and answers are not the greatest waste of time and consequentally money in our Government, they do indicate that MPs like Mr Davies have too much time on their hands (or at least think they do). Then there is the focus by certain MPs who intend to call for a vote to have John Bercow removed from his role of Speaker of the House of Commons, led by Julian Lewis MP. As a result of this there is now a growing number of MPs opposed to his removal.
The solution to this time wasting and misuse of public money by MPs is simple, and it has been proposed by one of their number. Andrew Stephenson MP is MP for Pendle and he is arguing that due to the increased devolution across our nation over the last two decades, that Parliament is now larger than it needs to be and it is time to cut the numbers of MPs. I agree with him. Let us see a much smaller House of Commons with perhaps 400 MPs rather than the current 650. This would eradicate a great deal of the posturing from people like Philip Davies and Julian Lewis. As a by product the cost saving would be significant, particularly as the same approach is needed in the House of Lords which is currently made up of over 800 Peers.