Douglas Carswell: Under the Spotlight
14th April 2008.
Douglas who? I hear you ask.
In the Mail on Sunday I was astonished to read that a fearless Tory has become the first MP to call for the Speaker to quit .
In a separate article “Speaker Martin must go” printed on page 27 but not available online Douglas Carswell writes:
We need to scrap the ‘gentlemen’s club rules used to run our legislature and make Westminster Politicians more directly accountable to the voters.
Increasingly, MP’s are seen as parasitical. It is no longer those we send to Parliament who make the key decisions. The Health Service, Education system and criminal justice system are increasingly run by remote and unaccountable officials.
In order to make our politicians more directly accountable we need not only transparency over MP’s expenses but also how they make laws and hold the Government to account.
Examination of Mr. Carswell’s voting record in Parliament reveals that he voted
100% against the smoking ban
100% against ID cards
100% in favour of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty
100% against ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.
In today’s media spun society it is extremely rare to identify a Parliamentarian prepared to speak so openly. In Westminster the values of patriotism, loyalty and honesty appear to have been replaced by arrogance, greed and open public betrayal.
It is reassuring to see that Champions of freedom and democracy have not all been exiled from Westminster. But shouldn’t David Cameron, leader of the opposition, have made these demands of the Speaker?
And from an election leaflet in 2007:
No to Smoking Ban
The ban on smoking in public spaces comes into effect
this year. Although Douglas does not smoke, he feels
that free-born Englishmen and women do not need
central government to manage their lives for them in this
Douglas says “I voted against the ban because I dislike
the nanny state more than I dislike cigarette smoke. It is
wrong for politicians down in London to tell people how
to live every aspect of their lives”
Given this UKIP coup, I read several times today that a vote for UKIP will result in Labour winning the General Election next year. But for a smoker like me it’ll make no difference whether Labour or Conservatives win: life will be just as bad either way.
All three of the older parties seem the same. They’ve swathes of safe seats. They’re run by those who became MPs by working in the offices of MPs. They use pollsters to tell them what to tell us.
Politics to them is about politicians like them. It’s a game of spin and positioning.
First under Tony Blair, then Gordon Brown, now David Cameron, it’s all about the priorities of whichever tiny clique happens to be sitting on the sofa in Downing Street. Different clique, same sofa.
Few are animated by principle or passion. Those that are soon get shuffled out of the way. Many are just in it for themselves. They seek every great office, yet believe in so little.