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DRIP: Parliament in disrepute?

Posted on: July 16, 2014

We let this happen, never mind that it was rushed through – by not voting in the 2010 election we have give this government carte blanche to do anything they want. We just sit back and take it!

Paul Bernal's Blog

I watched and listened to the parliamentary debate on the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers bill (DRIP) with a kind of grim fascination. The outcome was always inevitable – I knew that, as, I think did all opponents of the bill – but the debate itself seemed to me to be worth paying attention to. Not really in terms of the result, but in terms of the process, and in terms of the way in which parliament was engaging with the issues. There were, it has to be said, some quite wonderful speeches in opposition to the bill, and from many different directions. MPs like John McDonnell, Dominic Raab, Caroline Lucas, Diane Abbott, Pete Wishart, David Winnick, Duncan Hames, Clive Betts, Charles Walker, Dennis Skinner and of course Tom Watson and David Davis were all excellent. Indeed, as someone said at the time, the opponents didn’t lose the debate, they…

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1 Response to "DRIP: Parliament in disrepute?"

I did vote (not Tory or LibDem) in the 2010 election.Unfortunately, I live in a part of the country (East Anglia) that holds to the old ways, and traditional parties. Almost every seat in the entire region is held by a Tory, even though a few councils bucked the trend later.
Labour need a much better and more inspiring leader than Miliband, if they ever hope to get back in power in my lifetime.
Hope all’s well with you? Best wishes, Pete.

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