It must have been deliberate.
The Parliamentary Monitor carries an interview with me by Argus –escapee journalist Edward Davie.
A big quote reads “unfortunately Parliament is inhabited by a big group of Neanderthals” The rest of the quote is ” ...who are still sobbing because we are so modern that we no longer wear top hats.”
The problem is that the magazine prints a picture of me taken at the height of a gale on the Commons Terrace. My hair is flying in about fifty different directions. It is a sight that would frighten off most Neanderthals. Still the rest of the article is great.
Edward Davie is generous in his comments about the pioneering web site six years before most MPs woke up to the possibilities. Now the BNP and the anti-Cameronian Tories are running rings around other parties in their dangerous innovative web-sites that teetered on the brink of legality.
I believe I am the first to put extracts from Select Committees on the web. Parliamentary rules allow MPs to show only our own contributions and answers to them. The full drama of the boringly named Public Administration Committee would make great video material. I cannot use the wit, passion and chutzpah of Gordon Prentice and Tony Wright. Have a look at Naked parliament on Newport TV and guess what you’re missing.
The law on unintended consequences has produced an odd quirk in the Budget.
Three of us from the Labour benches asked the Government to re-thin in today's Budget debate. As Frank Field said no one in their senses would say that Gordon Brown had not redistribute wealth to the poorest in society. But changes in the 10p level of tax will hit those on low income who will not be compensated by additional payments in tax credits.
Gordon Brown has been hugely successful in stealth socialism. Must not say too much about in case the Daily Mail and the Tories notice. But the poorest decile of society have benefited greatly from Gordon’s brilliant command of the economy. This quirk works in exactly the opposite direction.
This change is not set in concrete and a change could be introduced before the Budget is approved.
Tete a Dai
An odd sight in the Commons tonight.
Dai Davies the independent, and almost entirely silent, MP for Blaenau Gwent occupies a lonely perch on the far top corner of the opposition benches. I am on reasonably good terms with him but he is shunned by most other Labour MPs. Contact is not encouraged.
Tonight Labour’s Deputy Chief whip was engaged in an earnest conversation with Dai for a good ten minutes. This is strange behaviour. What’s going on?