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Andy Burnham: Lack Of Clue Again

Is it just me who’s wondering what was going through Mr Burnham’s mind while he was reading those papers on that train? If it’s confidential then surely it deserves to be safely stored, an eagle eye kept on it and making sure it remains with you at all times?

I’ve got one question: If what Mr Burnham did was “unacceptable” (as mentioned in the BBC report) then why hasn’t he resigned?

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Labour’s Last Chance?

The Labour leadership contest, whose result is announced today, is of far more importance than many Labour supporters and MPs may realise.  Not only is it a huge opportunity for Labour to demonstrate that it is relevant to the UK electorate and has a clear message of what it stands for but it is also the last chance Labour may have of proving itself capable and/or deserving of remaining a major political presence.

Recent events involving the party and contest suggest that it doesn’t have a Scooby Doo about the importance of the contest for the future of the party.

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Sack Poorly Performing School Governors? Think Again

The Commons Education Committee has today released a report in which it says that poorly performing school governors should be sacked.  This is a real belter of a recommendation, given the events involving failing banks where nothing was done (except maybe to odd payoff), failures in police leadership where nothing was done (except maybe leaving a full pension entitlement), failures in hospital leadership where nothing was done (Andy Burnham has yet to resign), and failing MPs who aren’t yet subject to a constituents’ led power of recall.

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What Do You Stand For? The #DEBill List Of Shame

The Digital Economy Bill has been passed.  Again the House Of Commons has shown its ignorance of technical issues and that it is far too easy for vested interests to buy influence.  Quite frankly right now I feel sick and ashamed of the political system in the UK.  What Hansie Cronje like deals were struck in Commons back rooms to get this Bill passed?

See some of the reactions via the Twitter hashtag #DEBill and a search on Digital Economy Bill.  There are a lot of very annoyed, cynical and probably very disillusioned internet users & techies out there now, and all of them know more about internet and technical issues than their MPs.  Remember what I wrote last year?

Of course the 20,000 people who wrote to their MPs don’t matter.  The need for the media industry to protect its dying business model comes way ahead of the wishes of MPs’ constituents.  Doesn’t it Peter Mandelson?  Doesn’t it Lord Vested Interest Clement-Jones?  Doesn’t it Lord Howard of Rising?  Doesn’t it Sion Simon?  Doesn’t it John  Horam?

This question should be asked of every MP who voted for the Bill and every MP who didn’t bother to turn up at the House of Commons for the vote.  Only 47 MPs voted against the Bill.  Those 47 people respect democracy, the need to make laws based on impartial evidence rather than lobbying and obeying the wishes of their constituents.  The rest of the House of Commons lacks any kind of honour at all.

To these people I ask one simple question: What do you stand for?

Surely an MP’s role is to serve their constituents, not act as stooges for an industry unwilling to evolve with the times?

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