Alex Massie Alex Massie

The Perils of Being an MP

Tom Harris writes:

There’s never a whip on Fridays; Friday sittings are reserved either for government-sponsored adjournment debates (when there’s no vote) or for Private Members’ Bills. I always enjoy the very different atmosphere that prevails on Fridays; there’s always a sense of camaraderie which cuts across party divisions, probably because everyone present is volunteering to give up a day in the constituency, often as a favour to a colleague who wants support for a particular measure. [Emphasis added.]

He says this like it’s a bad thing. You mean MPs want to spend more time with voters? Why? What’s wrong with these people? Anyway, many of them live in places that make London seem attractive…

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