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The Mother of Parliaments...

Yesterday's Hansard now being on line, I have spotted this piece of idiocy from Chris Bryant:

Chris Bryant (Rhondda) (Lab): How much was spent on printing (a) early-day motions and (b) written parliamentary questions in the last period for which figures are available. [118067]

Nick Harvey (North Devon): The last period for which figures are available is the 2005-06 financial year, when the cost of printing early-day motions was £627,000 and of written questions approximately £1,464,000.


Quite a lot of money, admittedly, although without knowing how many people receive the printed papers gratis, of minimal intellectual value.

And then Bryant's follow up:

Would it not make far more sense for us to publish most of those on the parliamentary website, rather than every day in the Order Paper, so that Parliament does not look hypocritical when it tries to persuade people to save money and trees? (My emphasis).

Chris, old bean, forestry is a form of farming. Trees are grown, cut down and then new trees are planted. Following your logic, if we stopped eating bread, we would be saving wheat... Needless to say, Bryant does not have a background in agriculture.
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Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 5:18 pm

If I were an MP (perish the thought) I would be able to resist screaming "show us your Y fronts" everytime he got up to speak.
This may go someway towards explaining why I am unlikely to make it onto the Cameron A list.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 6:27 pm

I think he is so secure in his self-belief that he worries not baout his past peccadillos. Mind you, his constituency has been served by Labour MPs ever since its creation, even *before* the existence of the Labour party.  



Anonymous verity said... 6:50 pm

PHitch - I think they've ditched the A list.  



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