After the humiliation of being forced off the Labour benches at last weeks PMQ’s, MacShane was back to pretending to be a Labour MP once again!
I am reminded here of Dominic Lawson’s views of shamed politicians when he criticised the, “type of man of the left for whom the essential and intrinsic virtuousness of his public positions allows him to retain his sense of personal rectitude even when his private conduct is deplorable.” Many Rotherham citizens believe that this describes MacShane to a tee, if not some others, yet to hit the headlines?
Why can’t the Whips ensure discipline? Their failure is beginning to make them look ridiculous! Why do Labour MPs put up with this incredible charade from MacShane? They are all going to look pretty stupid sometime soon!
Hansard has continued to refer to him as a Labour MP despite MacShane’s designation as Independent in the list of MPs. Over the last few weeks I have taken issue with the parliamentary authorities over this and seem to have been given the run around so far, with numerous emails going back and forth when exactly as I was writing this, an email arrived which gave me the current excuse, I share it with you now:
“I have explored this in detail with the Table Office of the House of Commons, the Labour Whips and Hansard.
The problem comes, as you might have expected in a bit of Parliamentary trivia.
The Labour Party have not withdrawn the whip from Mr MacShane, they have simply suspended the whip and so he remains a member of the party and entitled to call himself a Labour MP. Some MPs decide that they wish to distance themselves from the party in situations like this but Mr MacShane has wanted to continue to be referred to as a Labour MP.
Possibly the unintended consequence of this is that Mr MacShane is now listed as Labour on the Parliament website rather than Independent Labour – this office (officially) had it wrong, not Hansard.”
This is a pretty arcane use of the procedure to explain the indefensible! Splitting hairs in this lawyerly fashion, does not reflect well upon either the Labour Party or Parliament frankly! Yet another demonstration, if one was needed, of Parliament being out of touch with public sentiment!
It is unfortunately typical of MacShane, misrepresenting himself by manipulating the fine print to his advantage, rather than being open and honest about it! ‘Dissembling’ Denis, indeed!