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Samizdata quote of the day

My understanding is there was an argument inside government between the two halves of the coalition and that argument has gone on for three months. So what the coalition cannot decide in three months this House has to decide in one day. This seems to me entirely improper because of the role of Parliament – we have three roles:

One is to scrutinise legislation, one is to prevent unintended consequences, and one is to defend the freedom and liberty of our constituents.

This undermines all three and we should oppose this motion.

- David Davis MP

…he is the one the Stupid Party rejected for Cameron.

15 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • newrouter

    a suggestion: can we start calling these folks what they truly are: illiberals? (note spell check doesn’t recognize the term)

  • Anon Y. Mous

    I thought America’s GOP had trademarked the descriptor, “The Stupid Party”.

  • Roue le Jour

    It’s a franchise.

  • Mr Ed

    And of the grass-roots who voted, it was just over 2:1 for Cameron. The scale of the problem is immense, as Mr Davis was, even in 2005, obvious as the principled candidate with a concern for freedom.

  • Paul Marks

    David Davis is not perfect (no one is), but I am proud that voted for him – indeed the tea mug next to me has “David Davis” written upon it (a reminder of the campaign).

    As for the campaign it was not obvious – not at the time. After all (for example) Mr Cameron went around making “iron clad” promises of a referendum on the E.U. – I believe he is doing this again. I hope he means it this time – after all the E.U. has (repeatedly) insulted Mr Cameron, and only a very strange man enjoys being (repeatedly) spat-in-the-face.

  • PeterT

    Only a very strange man enjoys being (repeatedly) spat-in-the-face.

    I wouldn’t put this past a Tory MP.

  • Derek Buxton

    Paul and Peter,
    But Mr.Cameron is a very strange man. His record of choosing his Ministers borders on insanity and now he sacks the one man with a brain and the ability to use it, Mr Owen Paterson.

  • RAB

    Has anyone called it the Bert Weedon Bill yet?

  • A curse upon all their houses.

  • Fraser Orr

    If you think this is process of legislation is crazy consider our famous Nancy Pelosi who, regarding the gigantic, society transforming, insanely expensive, misleadingly misnamed “Affordable Care Act”, aka Obamacare, exhorted the passage of the legislation through our legislature with the classic “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,”

  • Regional

    Australia is now a world pariah after the Senate ratified the abolition of the Carbon Tax, hopefully the Europeans with whom we have a massive trade deficit will impose trade boycotts.

  • Has anyone called it the Bert Weedon Bill yet? i think no

  • Mr Ed

    Regional,

    Afraid not, Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon is now a mandatory feature of my monthly wine shop. Aussie gold alternates with Canadian Au when i am buying it.

  • Regional

    Mister Ed,
    You’re just a recalcitrant backsliding recidivist trouble maker but enjoy the product of Gullible Warming.

  • Mr Ed

    Regional,

    You praise me with faint damnation.