representitive democracy on the radio again this morning I thought I'd
go and have a look at my MP again on the jolly fab They Work For You site and see
how much my MP does represent me. This is from his voting record...
How Andrew Smith voted on key issues since 2001 (From Public Whip) :
Moderately for introducing a smoking ban.
Fair enough - I think you could describe me as the same. I have
reservations but am broadly in favour.
Very strongly for the reduction of parliamentary scrutiny.
I suspect that if anything we could be doing with a bit more
parlimentary scrutiny so no, not really.
Very strongly for introducing ID cards.
Nope, don't think so.
Very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals.
I think the best you could say is that I'm ambivalent on that one.
Quite strongly for introducing student top-up fees.
Nope. I think that both the effects on cutting down university entrance
and the effect of having the 20somethings all in debt up to their
eyeballs already will be damaging.
Quite strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws.
90 days? I think not.
Quite strongly for the Iraq war.
Nope, although now that we are where we are, I do feel that we must take
responsibility for the mess we've created and not withdraw precipitatly.
Very strongly for the fox hunting ban.
I think I ended up on the side of this philosophically but it wasn't a
straightforward call and I wouldn't describe myself as strongly for.
Very strongly for equal gay rights.
Best thing I've seen so far. Absolutely agree.
Never rebels against their party in this parliament - 405th most
rebellious of 635 MPs.
Lame. Very very lame.
Well, I have to say, if he was working for me, I'd fire him. And I
can't see in what sense he can claim to represent me or my views. I
can't help but feel that PR could be less worse than this - I just don't
feel like I have a voice at all. I don't have money and I'm not in a
union so where can I go to get my voice heard?