Thursday, 23 October 2008

Where the Eck?

Last night the SNP raised a motion in the House of Commons opposed to the HBOS take over by Lloyds TSB. Only on Sunday their leader, the First Minister, MSP for Gordon, MP for Banff and Buchan was calling for a rethink on the scenario.
He said there were "highly legitimate" questions to the raised. He went so far as to say:

"With so much at stake and so much public money involved, I think we have theright to ask, is this in the public interest of Scotland?"
Well last night the SNP had their chance vote over some of those questions on competition. To look out for the public interest of Scotland. Last night the House voted on:

That the Enterprise Act 2002 (Specification of Additional Section 58Consideration) Order 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 2645), dated 6th October, a copy ofwhich was laid before this House on 7th October, be approved.
It was passed 424 to 64 those against were a mish mash of Lib Dems and Nationalists, protecting against super banks and their ilk. One notable SNP MP was missing from the division lobbies, indeed the chamber or anywhere else in the precincts of the Palace of Westminster. Salmond, Salmond who, where were you?

Alex Salmond will say he do anything for you. Providing he doesn't have to turn up in London to use his vote, which the people of Banff and Buchan graciously extent to him.

All of Edinburgh's Labour members voted for.

The following Scottish MPs voted against:

Alexander, Danny
Barrett, John
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Carmichael, Mr. Alistair
Hosie, Stewart
Kennedy, Mr. Charles
MacNeil, Mr. Angus
Mason, John
Moore, Mr. Michael
Reid, Mr. Alan
Rennie, Willie
Smith, Sir Robert
Swinson, Jo
Thurso, John
Weir, Mr. Mike
Wishart, Pete


  1. Ah, if only Salmond and his 361 Westminster votes had been there then they might have voted down the measure eh?

    I'm sure the pulpit of Perth Conference was a more appropriate platform to air the objections rather than a 65th vote in the face of 424 against.

    Mind you, Mandelson wouldn't notice either way by the sounds of things...

  2. So you don't think he should keep on top of things in case he misses out.

    Jeff said earlier today:

    "It's terrible isn't it, I think we should think about getting him some staff and like, I don't know, a business phone or something so he can stay on top of things.

    "Is there anything in particular that you think is being missed or is this just mock-outrage?"

    Sorry but staff can't vote in the commons for you. You can't vote by phone in a commons division.

    Saying you'll do something and then doing anything but within the week is harly keeping on top of things.

  3. I don't understand why you're so upset about a Commons result of 424 - 64 which would have been 424 - 65 if Salmond had been there and voted?

  4. I'm sorry Jeff that you fail to see the double standards of Alex saying he'll do anything, coming up with schemes he could not implement nor had he planned provision for and then failing to do one thing he is empowered to do.