I am so frustrated and disappointed at the turn of events last Weds when there was an opportunity for MPs to vote down the renewal of the Coronavirus Bill. I have only just learned that 300 MPs were ABSENT from Parliament on Weds! Why did they not turn up to vote on this massively important issue?
Also Sir Graham Brady’s amendments were not accepted by the Speaker (who seems to have lost his backbone) and the Rebels were fobbed off with a pathetic promise from Matt Hancock that, wherever possible, MPs would be given the opportunity to vote on future Coronavirus decisions. “Wherever possible” means absolutely nothing! What caused them to cave in so easily?
MPs are the elected representatives of the people, so the 300 MPs who failed to vote on Wednesday have committed an unforgivable dereliction of duty.
The only person who seemed prepared to put his head over the parapet was Sir Christopher Walker whose anger was palpable when he expressed his outrage that only 90 minutes had been set aside to discuss the renewal of the Coronavirus Act.
What is going on behind the scenes to cause this massive climb-down and to cause so many MPs to be absent? Our democracy really is in tatters and the vast majority of the population do not seem to know or care?