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June 08, 2011

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grookIngense

What do you think about new Social Network website http://facesepicentre.com/ ?

D.G.

Also, it's cruel to keep people as pets, no matter how much tourist revenue they bring in.

Gerald

D.K. what can be more important than the rights of our elected representatives to debate or discuss any topic?
To be told that there are certain topics that can not be discussed or can only be discussed in a certain manner is not only a restriction on the rights of our MPs but a restriction on the rights of all of us.
Why should an institution that is based on hereditary and has absolutely no democratic credibility be above the rights of our democratically elected MPs?
An institution that has in the past thrown up the 'bad and the mad'
It is time for the UK to take a further step towards democracy and scrap the anachronistic institution of 'Royalty'

Patrick

D.K

You feel that an ELECTED representative wishes to be rude about people (with no evidence) and as rudeness obviously upsets you it’s quite baffling why you defend the rudest person ever to represent Britain.

Some random Prince Phillip quotes

1981-During the recession he mused: “Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed."

1984- When accepting a figurine from a woman during a visit to Kenya he asked: "You are a woman aren't you?"

1986- He told a World Wildlife Fund meeting that "if it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has got two wings and flies but is not an aeroplane and if it swims and it is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it."

Prince Philip's opinion of Beijing, during a tour of China in 1986, was simply: "Ghastly."

To a British tourist in Hungary in he quipped: "You can't have been here that long — you haven't got a pot belly."

In Cardiff he told children from the British Deaf Association, who were standing by a Caribbean steel band: "If you're near that music it's no wonder you're deaf".

While touring a factory near Edinburgh he said a fuse box was so crude it "looked as though it had been put in by an Indian".

To Australian Aborigines during a visit to Australia with the Queen he asked: "Do you still throw spears at each other?"

"If it doesn't fart or eat hay then she isn't interested"
- speaking about his daughter, Princess Anne

Now everybody take note your democratically elected MP is only allowed to mention this individual in a positive light. Criticism is outlawed!


Paul Flynn

DK it's not mainly my role to follow my constituents. My main job is to lead them, on drugs, Afghainstan and archaic sychophancy.

DK you might have been comfortable in the court of King Canute. I would have shown him a tide table.

TL

I have to say your speech in the commens went someway to restoring my faith for politics in Britain. Knowing that there are MP's such as yourself willing to speak out against the blatant sycophancy towards royals makes me feel just a little bit safer and ultimately happier, knowing I and others are not completely governed by backwards, royal loving head cases.

HuwOS

"I'd have thought that the Commons had better things to do with it's time than to ponder on making negative remarks about the Royal Family"

Surely you meant that the Commons had better things to do with it's time than to offer a humble address to Philip on the occasion of his 90th.

Bear in mind, Paul isn't particularly irked about wishing the auld fella a happy birthday although wasn't sure why the Commons should be doing so because if it became a thing for people living long enough to take up parliamentary time with birthday greetings it might be hard to do much real work, what he most objected to was the cringing obsequiousness of it.

(note to Paul.. Suggest to Cameron that for a token payment of 100-10,000* pounds to the exchequer; the PM or a leading front bencher will do Birthday greetings.
Help the economy an all that)

(*Obviously the more money you pay the more detailed the greeting.
Happy Birthday Michael, in Leeds who is 10 today is one of the cheap ones.
Happy Birthday to some rich old guy, will obviously mention what a wonderful person they are, why the country is better off for having had them living here and in some cases paying some taxes here etc., would be dearer.
Good lord, I think I've solved the budget problem)

D.G.

"but do bear in mind that nobody voted for you to plead about such things,"

Find me an MP that *was* voted for on the basis of their views on the monarchy; it was hardly a burning issue this time round!

"they're hardly likely to be a representative majority of your constituents"

You've never been to Newport, have you? :o)

Simon Parker

Sycophancy with regard to the Royal family pervades all areas of public life, and floods out from the House of Commons and into every crack on every pavement in the Queendom.
I feel depressed that you felt it necessary to qualify your views with a homily to the monarch. It seems almost obligatory to do so, even amongst sceptical republicans. In truth, coverage of her reign has been so universally uncritical, and scrutiny so feebly cursory, that I feel we are poorly positioned to make reasoned judgement as to the service rendered. Papal infallibility compares poorly to the image of the sovereign with which we are presented. As long as we are all born her subjects, and whilst the vast majority take no offence from this, we shall all remain infantilised.

Paul Flynn

Thanks for the many supporting messages and tweets.

The Government set the Commons agenda which yesterday included a possible SIX HOURS of detae on the Royal birthday. I would not have mentioned the subject if I had not been provoked by the 'Humble' address.

A.B.

DK, the Commons has plenty of time to debate plenty of things. I thank goodness you do not set the agenda.

D.K.

I'd have thought that the Commons had better things to do with it's time than to ponder on making negative remarks about the Royal Family. By all means, demand your right to be unpleasant about other people, but do bear in mind that nobody voted for you to plead about such things, or if they did, they're hardly likely to be a representative majority of your constituents.

In my humble opinion, such griping demeans your office; put up with a little stolid tradition, and get important things done.

W.L.

I was just listening to "Today in Parliament" on Radio 4, and I wanted to thank you for speaking out on behalf of the substantial minority of British people who are republicans, but whose views are so often ignored entirely. I wish more MPs were prepared to question the monarchy, because until they do true democratic reform will remain outside of the ambit of serious political debate.

Paul Flynn


Dear Mr Webster.

Many thanks for your very welcome comment.

Unfortunately we are in for a lot more drizzle.

Best wishes

Paul Flynn

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Tom Webster

Thank you for providing a voice for many people resistant to the sycophantic default position employed by MPs and most of the media when any member of the royal family gets mentioned. You provided a moment of sunshine in the drizzle of worship provided by the House yesterday.

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