Can anyone recall this idea being considered here? It’s the idea of recall petitions to rid us of rogue MPs

June 5, 2014

The Poms can come up with good ideas now and again, despite their fondness for morris dancing and sports like soccer.

Or rather, they can revitalise old ideas that are well worth the revitalising.

But they are apt to seize on such an idea, then modify it so much that it becomes almost pointless and they might just as well stick with the status quo.

This seems to have happened in the case of UK Government plans to allow voters to sack their MPs.

The Daily Mail today reports on the Queen’s Speech which included a mention of a long-awaited bill to allow MPs to be ‘recalled’ by constituents.

It will give constituents the opportunity to sign a petition demanding a by-election:

* If an MP is jailed; or

* If the House of Commons ‘resolves that an MP should face a recall petition’.

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There’s talk of parliamentary perjurers being prosecuted, but MPs mustn’t become too punitive

July 23, 2012

Alf observed with more than passing interest the steps being taken in Britain to punish those who lie or mislead Parliamentary select committees.

He was apprised of this development, in the Mother of all Parliaments, by a report (here) in the Daily Mail.

Lying or misleading MPs during parliamentary committees could become a criminal offence.

He admits he did not pay attention immediately to this item.

He was drawn, rather, to a raft of other items about the daft antics of Poms including the story (here) of a psychic who persuaded sheilas to strip for him.

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