Whilst the dispatches programme is on tonight, Ollie Cromwell is holding a LiveChat session which makes all political discussions more lively and as such I am happy to offer a plug. I will be joining if technology allows.
Also, Guido has emailed out the Guy News list and he has stated a petition to have Stephen Byers kicked off the Privy Council.
As Guido Says:
Strip Byers of “Right Honourable”
Membership of the Privy Council is what entitles one to be addressed as “the Right Honourable”. When Stephen Byers was made a member of the Privy Council he swore “by Almighty God to be a true and faithful Servant unto The Queen’s Majesty as one of Her Majesty’s Privy Council … And generally in all things you will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to Her Majesty.“ Surely whoring yourself out to change Her Majesty’s Government’s legislation “like a taxi cab for hire” falls outside the terms of this Oath?
Being a member of the Privy Council is a great honour, it is the oldest political institution in the land after the monarchy itself, tracing its history back to the Norman monarchs. Byers’ continuing presence on the Council sullies the institution, so given he is unlikely to resign himself he will have to be removed. It is still possible to petition the Queen to have him removed and Guido has set up an online petition to do just that:
“We, the undersigned, call on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to strip Stephen Byers MP of his membership of the Privy Council due to his involvement in offering to sell access to the British Government for personal profit.”
Politics is corrupt, and the troughing bastards have run down the clock soley to keep themselves in the good life. The previous Lobbying and Expenses scandals outraged the public and rocked faith in our politicans to an all time low. These scandals are not new, they are just fresh in the memory with a current cast of characters. We need democratic renewal and some real democratic reforms. Time to put power back in the hands of people.