Vote of no confidence

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by Murphy_Slaw, Dec 5, 2007.

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  1. Yes

    73.9%
  2. No

    6.5%
  3. They would probably rig the vote

    19.6%

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  1. I have been doing a bit of research on oppsition votes of no confidence. The last one was in 1979. For those of us old enough to remember the country was in a bit of a state then. Rubbish in the streets, dead bodies laying in morgues unburied etc.
    I was wondering, are we as a country, in as bad a way now as we were then? Is it about time for another vote of no confidence?
    Obviously this motion has to come from the opposition benches and they would only do it if they thought they could win. The current Labour majority is as follows:
    A Labour majority of 65, if you exclude the Speaker, 66 if you exclude the Speaker and his three deputies, and 71 if you also exclude the 5 Sinn Féin MPs who did not take up their seats.
    So is it time to write to your MP (not Liarbour obviously) and see where the land lies?
     
  2. You've just clearly written then Labour have a min majority of 65. How on earth do you think a vote of no-confidence could be passed?
     
  3. I suppose, in view of recent goings on, there is a reasonable chance of 33 Labour MPs deciding that they have no confidence in their own ability to run a p*ss up in a brewery.
     
  4. The opposition have to lobby Labour back bench MP's, many of whom are now clearly dissolutioned with the current cabinet. They only have to abstain not vote against.
    The cash for honours scandal and now the funding scandal have sent shockwaves throught the backbenchers.

    quote:
    The "cash for peerages" inquiry has closed in on Downing Street after Lord Levy, Tony Blair's chief fundraiser, was arrested by police investigating the scandal.
    His arrest sent shock waves through Westminster and was confirmation that Scotland Yard is mounting a serious investigation into allegations that life peerages were offered in return for large donations or loans to the Labour Party.

    If they think the Labour party as a whole has been discredited and may face criminal charges, they might just get 33 to abstain.
     
  5. Labour backbenchers abstaining?
    Why does the expression "Turkeys voting for Christmas" spring to mind?
     
  6. This is McBroons voting record since becoming PM

    If he can't be arrsed to vote then maybe neither can his back benchers.

    Voting is for wimps
    Largely ignored, there was a small piece in the Telegraph on 26 November by Jonathan Isaby, which looked at Gordon Brown's voting record. No link appears to exist -- maybe it was too small for the web? -- but here's the text:

    Gordon Brown was criticised yesterday after it emerged that he had participated in just two of the 63 Commons divisions held since he became Prime Minister on June 27.
    Mr Brown has spoken of entrusting "more power to Parliament" but Chris Grayling, the shadow work and pensions secretary said: "The Prime Minister is taking the British people for fools. He made all kinds of promises about taking Parliament seriously, but the reality is that he’s not interested in the House of Commons at all."
    A Downing Street spokesman blamed Mr Brown's "busy schedule".

    To get a figure of two, Isaby discounted two deferred divisions, but even including them only gets the Prime Minister to four out of 67 - raising him from 3 per cent to 6 per cent since taking office. The comparable figure for Tony Blair for the whole of the period when he was Prime Minister was 8 per cent.