No surprises – both for exit, both for no scrutiny.
Posted byEast Devon Watch
Posted on22 Oct 2019
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No surprises – both for exit, both for no scrutiny.
Neil Parish scored 17%: was present for 12 votes and voted positively in 2
Hugo Swire scored 25%: Swire was present for 12 votes and voted positively in 3
Boris Johnson score 0% (yes, that’s right zero), Jacob Rees-Mogg scored 17%, Jeremy Corbyn 92%, Caroline Lucas 92%, Exeter’s Ben Bradshaw 75%, Jo Swinson 50%, Oliver Letwin 17%.
MORAL OF THIS TALE: If you believe in climate change and want to see something done about it, don’t vote Tory, be wary of Lib Dems and vote Labour or Green (or Independent in East Devon)!
“Conservative MPs are almost five times more likely to vote against climate action than legislators from other parties, a Guardian analysis of 16 indicative parliamentary divisions over the past decade has revealed.
The Tories also registered many more donations, shares, salaries, gifts and tickets to sporting events from fossil fuel companies, petrostates, aviation companies and climate sceptics, according to declarations made in the parliamentary record of MPs’ interests between 2008 and 2019.
The Guardian, in collaboration with the investigative environmental journalism group DeSmog UK, rated MPs from 0% to 100% based on 16 parliamentary votes since 2008. The selection sought to cover a range of measures that would affect the UK’s carbon emissions, with an emphasis on votes where MPs were willing to break ranks and put the climate before their party.
The analysis shows that although most politicians publicly express support for ambitious long-term climate targets, when it comes to short-term measures to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint, those in power are less likely to make this a priority.
The scores are not intended to be a definitive evaluation of an MP’s green credentials – both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrat parties complained they had been hard done by.
But experts said the scores were an important tool for voters to make a choice through a climate prism with a potential general election looming. …”
“… Very few surprises in terms of the Labour-Conservative battlegrounds. But noteworthy is that – as is echoed privately by many Conservatives from the area – the government regards Claire Wright, of the independent campaign in East Devon, as a serious challenger for the seat. …”
Isn’t it strange that, just before elections, our MPs want to know what we think and the rest of the time they barely give us a thought!
Meanwhile, departing MP Hugo Swire has never really cared what we thought anyway and cares even less now so don’t expect any of thissort of electioneering from him!
“MP for Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish, is asking the members of his constituency to share their views on a number of topics – including the impending Brexit deal.
It’s a chance for the people of Honiton to voice their opinions on what is currently taking place within government and what roll-on effect this could potentially have on lives and businesses.
Neil Parish said: “As your local Member of Parliament I am keen to hear your views on the issues that matter to you, so I can continue campaigning to get a good deal for you.
“I am proud of all the work our local Conservative team has done so far. But there is more work to do.
“Please complete this survey so that you can have your say and make sure your interests are protected now and in the future.”
Questions in the House of Commons:
2 October 2019
Will my right hon. Friend update the House on the Rohingya situation and tell us what discussions he has had with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Government in Dhaka about the situation in Cox’s Bazar?
Concerning reports North Korea may have fired missile from a submarine in last 24 hours. I asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab about this at PMQs, who reiterated need for DPRK to deescalate tensions ahead of US nuclear talks.
Swire says the only community beds in his constituency that have closed may have a brighter future ahead.
This comes from a speech made by the Health Secretary at the Tory Party Conference about ALL community hospital beds in England, not just the one in his constituency. It was a very vague statement about cons “no further cuts”.
That’s as much as Owl will report on this except to say: seeing is believing, don’t believe any promises made at any party conference just before a possible election – and especially don’t take any notice of Swire, whose only job now is to sabotage the (excellent) chance of Claire Wright replacing him …
If you found the language and behaviour used by Boris Johnson and his cronies objectionable, how do you object? How do you change things?
You can’t write to MPs Swire (retiring) or Parish as they will stick up for him.
You can’t write to most local, regional or national newspapers because they are his sycophantic mouthpieces. And the people who need to know it is objectionable and why don’t read newspapers critical of him.
You can demonstrate, but those demonstrations will be ignored or misrepresented.
Just one thing left – get a decent (and I mean decent) candidate to oppose him, make it a STRAIGHT fight between him and that candidate in his constituency and make every effort to persuade the voters there to
VOTE HIM OUT
Use the democratic processes he scorns and despises to oust him.
The same way a Tory candidate should be in a straight fight with Claire Wright in East Devon and even (hope beyond hope here) against Parish in Tiverton and Honiton.