Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 13, 2019

Are Our Democratic Rights Being Eroded?

The Tory MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale spoke volumes for democracy by challenging the wretched apologist for democracy, the Speaker of the Commons, last week. David Morris represents a constituency that voted 58.19% to leave the EU.

He wrote “There are precious few occasions that can ever justify an MP challenging the Commons Speaker. But last week I sadly found myself doing just that. I still believe I was right to do so. “Publish it!” I yelled at John Bercow. I was challenging our Remain-voting Speaker to come clean on what advice he had received from the Commons Clerk before deciding to trash established procedure and allow a Brexit-defying vote to be taken.

“I felt my rights had been eroded, along with those of my constituents and fellow MPs, whatever their political colour.

“The Commons had yet to receive a written clarification from Bercow, though he proclaimed he acted in our best interests by granting the amendment tabled by Dominic Grieve. Mr Bercow was flouting time-honoured Commons precedents by creating a ‘one-off’ rule, abandoning constitutional convention and compromising his role as the impartial Speaker. He also ignored expert advice from Commons Clerk Sir David Natzler, who knows these rules intimately.

“This is a man who shed his Right-wing principles as a Tory MP to win the post of Speaker in 2009 largely on the back of Labour votes. Judging from the cheers from the Opposition benches last week, it appeared he was repaying those Labour votes”.

By comparison with Morecambe and Lunesdale, is leave-voting West Lancashire faced by an erosion of our rights? We should be told.

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