You remember that awful moment during the Digital Economy Bill debacle, when after a few hours of rushed debate in the Commons in which only a handful of MPs showed any kind of understanding of the topics (hello, Tom Watson) the vote was finally called and suddenly around 200 MPs rushed in from off-stage? So that’s a couple hundred MPs who voted on the DEB despite not having bothered to attend the debates or investigate the issues – they just showed up and voted because that’s what they were told to do. No self-thought or conscience. Just obeying like good little MPs.

It was very easy to criticise politicians having witnessed that all unfold live on the internet – let’s face it, it’s always very easy to criticise politicians.

This morning, though, I can’t help but feel that this trend – of not paying attention, then just doing what’s expected of you – is shared by the wider electorate.

On the plus side, the LibDems got in at Norwich South. Woo. That’ll teach Charles Clarke not to reply to my letters.


That’s quite enough politics, thank you « Simon K Jones · May 24, 2010 at 10:29 pm

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