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An Asian update - featuring an unnerving prospect for MPs and a Marxist apologising

Form the Bangkok Post: "Political office holders will face criminal prosecution on top of a five-year ban if they conceal their wealth or wilfully file false financial statements". And on that basis, Mandelson would not have been able to stand in Hartlepool in 2001 because of his mortgage dealings in 1998...

As to the Marxist apology, regrettably it was not for being espousing Marx, Lenin or Engels, or accepting part of the collective blame for the Gulag, but rather for this:

"When the House resumed and Baalu stood up to speak, Anil Basu followed by Shaumik Lahiri (both Communist Party India (Marxist)) barged towards the minister. As Basu was about to snatch papers from Baalu’s hand, minister of state for Finance SS Palanimanickam came from behind and formed a wall in front of the minister. In the meantime, other CPI-M members rushed towards the Well, who were confronted by DMK MPs resulting in jostling and both groups shouting at each other. Two union ministers - Shivraj Patil and PR Dasmunsi - were caught in between them even as DP Yadav of RJD and Prabunath Singh of JD-U tried to separate the two groups, with BJP members as spectators".

And all this over the siting of the Indian Maritime University. Our MPs get photographed demostrating about hospital closures from time to time, but rarely resort to parliamentary jostling...

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Blogger james higham said... 7:30 pm

They get very excitable, these chaps. Knew a few of them once.  



Blogger The Hitch said... 9:27 pm

oh for the days when hestletine waved the mace about.
I love a good political punch up , remeber that spanish loon who turned up and fired into the ceiling?
our south american friends have some history on this front and lets not forget brother jap  



Blogger CityUnslicker said... 11:40 pm

maybe in short order some of the Lords will hole themselves up with 12 bores prior to their 'expusion' by the working classes?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 8:45 am

Shame the Heseltine thing was never captured on film. He swears blind he just presented it to to the Labour benches rather than brandished it.  



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