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Nadine Dorries
Swiss Cheese
Posted Tuesday, 19 May 2009 at 13:45

For the sake of Parliament, I hope that Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg will walk in front of the cameras, and announce that whatever recommendations, which Sir Christopher Kelly may propose, will be abided by, to the letter.

And that when the time comes, whatever the reaction of the media, that they show strength, unity and leadership and keep to their word.

One of the causes of this mess is that every time the Senior Salary Review Board makes a proposal, every Prime Minister ducks it, including my heroine, Margaret Thatcher.

What is happening today is the Swiss cheese effect. It's not simply the performance of the Speaker that has brought us to where we are, or successive Prime Ministers, or MPs; it's a combination of circumstances, a multitude of holes and tunnels, which have all led to the same place.

I was shocked at the Speaker's performance yesterday. He is obviously a man in distress.

I hope my readers will forgive me for not rushing in to enjoy or relish the downfall of an otherwise good and kind man. Sometimes I am appalled at the lack of human kindness displayed in Westminster.

For his own sake and that of his health, he needs to do what he is about to do.

I don't think there is anyone in Westminster who doesn't feel shocked at the position in which we find ourselves.

The Speaker as the sacrificial lamb is not enough.

The three party leaders need to map a way through to a moral, honest, accountable high ground together, and fast.

mark said:
Responded: Tuesday, 19 May 2009
"The Speaker as the sacrificial lamb is not enough." As this whole debacle has dominated the news for weeks now, I'm inclined to agree. Having been interested in politics for many years, I am now starting to become mightily sick of it, and suggest that everyone there stops living in a bubble. you are right, it is not enough. You should all resign and let us start again afresh. If this system is all we have, then at least make the best of it. Seriously, this could kill politics for good. People are worried about everyday things, not just politicians. I predict a low turnout in all elections to come, which is a damning indictment of the system that purports to make our lives better ( or at least as good as possible). Still, humans are flawed. Always have been, always will be. Nothing changes.
Ron said:
Responded: Tuesday, 19 May 2009
"I predict a low turnout in all elections to come" I think not. I think there'll be a massive turnout. And few dis-honourable members will be re-elected.
SJB said:
Responded: Thursday, 21 May 2009
MPs must carefully consider Kelly's recommendations. Are they practicable? How much will they cost to implement?
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