Yesterday was a good day for democracy – for a change.
One of the few Ministers who does believe in Parliament, Jack Straw, came to the House. He had held a consultation on building 3 Titan prisons. Most people had said a big “No” to the idea. Jack has scrapped the proposal. Amazing. Simple. Couldn’t possibly catch on with the others.
Meanwhile the usually absent Two Homes Secretary failed to turn up again to make a Statement on prying into all our emails and web visits. She made a written statement so we could not cross examine her, although she was available for media interviews.
It was good news that she has dumped the idea of a big national computer system at public cost to monitor us even more. It was bad news that she wants the private sector to do some of the job for her. That is presumably why she was not going to submit herself to questioning in the House. We would have asked her how many more obligations there will be on private computer firms? How much will it cost them? How much more intrusive is it going to be? In the media interviews I saw I did not hear her being asked that. She was just allowed to pose as a believer in civil liberties! What a racket.
The far away Prime Minister was also busy U-turning. Hour by hour we learnt from the media that more of Gordon’s expenses package for MPs was heading for the waste bin. Sky News was a better source than the Commons tea room. By the close of business the Attendance Payment was dead. So well done bloggers on this site- your silly names for the payment must have been the last straw for this proposal!