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According to The Times, he considered grabbing the mace but then put it back down gently.
why won't there be a vote ...
'this is a matter for the whole country and a decision must be made'
what's commons for if not representing the views of the country ?
(i have no opinions about the actual heathrow issue)
and he did say that
but then, being geoff hoon, he followed it was a really gumpy sentence which really put his foot in his mouth
Folk have grabbed the mace before; it symbolises the legitimacy of the parliament apparently (see C4news). Some dude did the same thing 30 years ago.
Still doesn't stop McDonnell being an objectionable cock, just not a mental.
Michael Heseltine is weeping somewhere
But that probably wasn't one of his finest moments.
that he invoked the spirit of democracy in his argument and then went for the mace. But I suppose it's more to do with the symbolism.
If he had nobbled Geoff Hooooooooooooooooon with it he may have deserved some points.
That video reminds me of something I always wanted to know - when the speaker calls a vote, how does he know who wins when all he has to go on is a bunch of drunk guys going "YAAAEEUGH!"?
Moreover, why did he even bother to call a vote on that guy's suspension when he was just gonna go through with it anyway.
Tories get into power.
They then announce that for a variety of complex reasons that cannot be easily explained to the public a 3rd runway at Heathrow is vital and must go ahead.
They're in the pay of the same bastards as Labour are, unfortunately.
Tories will build it anyway once they've won the election.
Who are big business.
And on the scale of things the Conservative Party ALWAYS sides with businesses over the population. If they didn't they wouldn't have privatised everything they could get their hands on.
which a significant number of people don't. There's a good history of parties promising something and it being diluted in the manifesto or even not following their manifesto promises once in power. I'm not suggesting this would be the case on this topic, nor that it's something that's a problem for a single party (it's not).
When it comes down to voting, this issue will clearly be higher up the agenda than many other traditional ones for people, but it still often comes down to weighing up candidates/parties arguments on a number of areas.
you could be working for a company where redundancies are likely so see it as a good chance to take the compensation and move elsewhere where you can get better work.
There could be another candidate (again, you've made this out to be a two party issue) who appeals more on other issues but agrees with the Tory stance.
The policy - as I said - may not make it into the manifesto. If that's the case, then you may as well vote on other issues, because sure as hell that's a very heavy implication that the Conservative party won't deliver what they promised yesterday.
The community might be worth nothing to the individual voting and they may see the compensation as money worth taking to start afresh, particularly if they're having problems financially - paying the mortgage and so on.
You're incredibly naive if you seriously believe that even a major issue like this can be the *only* issue that all people in the area would consider and I know you're not that stupid. Not everyone's situation is the same.
population, around 3,000. Hayes and Harlington gets an average turnout of 32 and a bit thousand. We'll see.
McDonnell is immensely popular there.
And if he doesn't get in, it would probably be the BNP
I remember it. I'll look it up later if I can be bothered.
but at least theres someone in there actually giving a shit about something