Once again our part time Parliament had to rush the task in hand. Only three hours was allowed yesterday for the debate about the public’s right to know what its government is doing. There was no chance of being called for many MPs wanting to speak, and even interventions were strongly rationed by Miss Harman and others.
It was yet another irony, that on a day when some of us wanted to talk about the need for the government to be freer with more informaiton, they decided yet again to prevent us having time to discuss it. A few loyal Labour backbenchers even had the temerity to argue no-one was interested in which documents we are allowed to see about the government’s approach to immigration.
I agree with them on one thing. The economy is currently very important and Parliament does need to discuss the job losses, factory closures, banking weakness and the large government borrowing. The Queen’s Speech debate going on for a week allows us to do just that for once. It is a luxury we can enjoy, as I did last Wednesday. Who knows when next we will be allowed to debate the state of the economy in between all the breaks and holidays?