Tag Archives: British Parliament

Upstanding Members

More than 300,000 attempts were made to access pornographic websites at the Houses of Parliament in the past year, official records suggest. It is unclear whether MPs, peers or other staff are responsible, House of Commons officials said. The figures were not all “purposeful requests” and may have been exaggerated by third-party software and websites […]

Bloody Brothers

David Cameron has said he has “no bad blood” towards Conservatives who defied orders to oppose a call for a referendum on the UK’s EU membership. Ministers won the vote but 81 Tories backed the call, the biggest rebellion on Europe against a Conservative PM. The prime minister said he knew people felt “strongly” about […]

Dorries Abortion Bill in Parliamentary Smackdown

A Tory MP has said David Cameron apologised for the way he responded to a question she asked about the clout of the Lib Dems in the coalition. At PM’s Questions on Wednesday, Nadine Dorries urged Mr Cameron to show his deputy Nick Clegg “who’s the boss”. Mr Cameron said he knew she was “very […]

Moral Hazard isn’t just for Poor People

What has amused me most about the financial crisis are the endless media interviews with “real” people (and the occasional self-confessed bludger auditioning for Shameless). Those chosen are more usually hardworking folk previously on average incomes who are claiming welfare for the first time in their lives and getting a rude shock at the paucity […]

Right Dishonourable Members: We need a Cable for that Speaker

MPs in the running to succeed Michael Martin as House of Commons Speaker on Monday have come under scrutiny in more allegations over expenses claims. Details of tax-funded expenses have been published in The Sunday Telegraph. The paper says Labour’s Margaret Beckett claimed more than £11,000 for gardening and Tory MP John Bercow twice claimed […]

Monday Funnies: The Right Dishonourable Members

David Cameron has called for a wider crackdown on MP’s allowances as he and Gordon Brown clashed on the issue at prime minister’s questions… The exchanges came after days of damaging allegations over MPs expenses. A growing number of MPs from all parties have agreed to pay back thousands of pounds claimed in expenses after […]

Perfectly Impartial In Every Way

A Commons motion criticising the BBC and Sky for refusing to broadcast a plea for humanitarian aid funding for Gaza has been backed by 170 MPs. The Disasters Emergency Committee’s Gaza Crisis Appeal was screened on Monday by ITV, Channel 4 and Five. The BBC’s explanation that airing the film would threaten its impartiality was […]