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Democracy Works: No Shouting at the Back


By Grandpa1940

Opinion Piece

I am a subscriber, and a contributor to an outfit named TheyWorkForYou.

For those Brits who do not know, this group of people collate information such as what your MP is up  to in Parliament, which items they voted on, and how they voted. They keep a running total so that the subscriber is as up-to-date as possible on their parliamentary representative. The site also performs a very useful function in providing a ready-made formatted electronic letter to  send to your MP,  so that you can vent your annoyance / praise / opinion to your heart’s content. It doesn’t mean that they must take notice, but if they get  enough complaints, they just might.

So, this morning, I noted an email with yesterday’s votes and results from the Commons, and this is a gentle reminder of what a useful tool a thumping majority is, especially when the majority votes are with the Party which you favour!

There were five divisions or voting periods discussed yesterday, and in each division, the Opposition voted, obviously, for something which they liked or wished for. But the Government’s majority told them, firmly, that the Government wasn’t playing their game!

Listing the five divisions as:

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – Duty to commission an independent evaluation: health and social care sectors (30 Jun 2020)


Voted aye (division #61; result was 245 aye, 343 no)

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – Time limit on immigration detention for EEA and Swiss nationals (30 Jun 2020)


Voted aye (division #62; result was 250 aye, 330 no)

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – Exemption from no recourse to public funds (30 Jun 2020)


Voted aye (division #63; result was 248 aye, 337 no)

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – Family Reunion and Settlement (30 Jun 2020)


Voted aye (division #64; result was 254 aye, 329 no)

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – Regulations under section 5 (30 Jun 2020)


Voted no (division #65; result was 340 aye, 247 no)

If you take the time to  peruse the Divisions through the  Links; you will see all the things which the Labour Party wishes for. For example the rights of an (alleged) (my emphasis) unaccompanied child, spouse, vulnerable or dependent adult who has a family member legally present in the United Kingdom. They wish to give the same rights to be reunited in the United Kingdom with that family member as they would have had under Commission Regulation (EU) No. 604/2013, but this was voted down emphatically.

It is indeed a pleasure to watch as Government, otherwise occupied and tangled up in CoronaVirus issues, is organised and indeed able to wipe the floor with the Opposition, inclusive of the SNP and Plaid Cymru 

I remember the heady days of 1997, when the Blair Labour bunch had that majority, and, it has to be said, most times, but not always, used it to good effect.

That, folks, is what Democracy is all about.


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