The "Get Britain Cycling" debate in the Commons – did anyone follow it?
interesting that less than 1/6th of mps showing up for work constitutes a good turnout
They (are supposed to) do more than* just turn up to debates and PMQ’s twice a week. Maybe they live in a constituency where getting people cycling isn’t an issue (Cambridge?) so their time’s better spent on the “get britain picking up it’s dog s***” working group?
*excluding meeting with lobyists to discuss their paycheque, replaceing the duck island or boffing their secretary/intern/researcher.Posted 4 years ago
The “Get Britain Cycling” debate finally happened last night. Today is a new day and the whole of the UK is now a cycling utopia… or something.
For those that didn’t tune into BBC Parliament for the full nail-biting four hour debate, here is a quick summary:
A slightly longer summary:
And the complete Hansard transcript:
What says the hive mind? Grandstanding, lofty words and pretty promises?Posted 4 years ago
Or will any of this actually make any difference?
Maybe they live in a constituency where getting people cycling isn’t an issue..
Or maybe they live in a constituency where no local cyclists bothered to write to them and ask them to represent their views at this important debate?
(Yes, I wrote to my MP, Guy Opperman, and yes he actually made a decent pro-cycling speech… for a tory)Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
A real weakness in democracy if your MP is speaker IMHO
Technicaly they get the deciding vote if it’s a 50/50 split, although precedent is they should vote to maintain the status quo. Has that actualy happened in recent history?
And unlike the rest of the country you can un-elect the speeker (which is why the job usualy goes to someone in a very safe seat)!Posted 4 years ago
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