"Slapped wrists" for PM Cameron
UK Parliamentary business at times is reminiscent of kindergarten. Tit for tat remarks, honourable members flouncing out, tipsy politicians having enjoyed the benefits of the Commons bar then acting in a thugish manner and more. It can be entertaining to watch but often it is embarrassing. Once it was decided that cameras would be placed in the Commons it was generally though standards would improve. If they have then heaven only knows what they were like before.
Keeping order over the honourable ministers is the Speaker of the House of Commons, who school playground and that kiddies rhyme "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"
In reality words can be very hurtful. They can also show a lack of respect and damage any working relationship.
Of course at times all politicians take a little poetic licence. They do have to carefully make sure however that they don't overstep the mark. When Cameron called Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls an "idiot" it was deemed a step too far.
It has been noticeable that when the PM is under pressure or perhaps looks in danger of losing a political argument he becomes irritated. He then name calls, chides, talks down to and snaps. These may be common traits but they are not part of Political Standards in the UK.
The PM said idiot, referring to Ed balls and he has since had to apologise. Cameron was giving the Government a virtual pat on the back as he said they had in enterprise zones found, "innovative ways of using our hard-won credibility, which we wouldn't have if we had listened to the muttering idiot opposite me". This is not first attack pon Ed Balls. As an old Etonian Cameron should know that this is just "not cricket".
Labour responded calling the PM Flashman as an attack on his privileged background. Asked to withdraw the word "idiot" a smiling or should that be smarmy Cameron responded by saying. "I will replace it with 'the man who left us this enormous deficit and this financial crisis'."
That old chestnut. Labour had to pick the pieces up after years of mismanagement by the Tories especially those under Maggie Thatcher and so it seems that each government blames its predecessors. Perhaps in truth none of them are up for the job?
In a day for apologies Cameron said sorry to veteran Labour minister Dennis Skinner for past treatment. He could not prevent his sarcasm though saying, "he actually believed Mr Skinner was a "tremendous ornament" to Parliament."
Well Dodgy Dave you know what they say about sarcasm? It is the lowest form of wit and so presumably is not statesman like?
Tweets, condemnations and more have accompanied today's shenanigans but in reality all the British people want is these overpaid louts in Parliament do what they are paid to do. To act as responsible adults. To debate, decide and legislate. Vaudeville died many years ago but either that or the great British Farce appears alive and well preforming daily in the Houses of Parliament.
David Cameron & Prince Charles
These days the British Monarchy are often under close scrutiny. Gone are the "off with their heads" days of old when ordinary folk were prepared to tug their forelocks and let their so called betters get away with murder.
That said this ruling class still enjoy more privileges than many people are aware off.
For instance, what do you know of Prince Charles and the Consent laws?
Well if you were like this writer the answer will be little. However, as the media today has reported that Downing Street currently has no plans to amend or repeal these laws, it has highlighted an outdated and possibly costly tradition.
The current consent laws require the government to seek Prince Charles's permission to pass legislation which could affect his private interests. Clarence House, on behalf of the Prince, has said that this is a "long-standing convention" which has nothing to do with seeking his approval or personal beliefs.
Recently the Guardian has reported that the government had consulted the Prince on 12 bills since 2005. They are said to have included gambling, coroners, the Olympics, economic development and construction, marine and coastal access, housing and regeneration, wreck removals and co-operative societies, and energy and planning.
Now here is what will be the rub for many people, namely the finanical implications. The BBC has reported that neither "Downing Street nor Clarence House would say whether bills were altered as a result of objections from the heir to the throne." You can read what you will into that.
It appears that Charles has the right to be consulted on matters pertaining to the principality of Wales, the earldom of Chester and the Duchy of Cornwall, his private business and property empire.
A spokesperson for UK Priime Minister David Cameron has said that it is all a matter of the correct protocol. Apparently it is all in the parliamentary guide book. Republic, which is a UK organisation seeking for an elected head of state rather than the British Royal family has had a field day. Their spokesman said, "That such a loophole exists shows our constitution is fundamentally anti-democratic." Hear, hear I expect you are shouting.
This subject has only come to the atention of the general public following a freedom of information request to the House of Commons by a newspaper.
Opinion: Well it makes me angry and sad that this sorry state of affairs continues. Whilst the UK deplores the lack of democracy in so many countries abroad, our own form of democracy leaves so much to be dsired. You have to laugh or else you would cry.