Friday, 23 March 2012

Misplaced effort

It is understood that at the instigation of one Tobias Ellwood who is the Conservative MP for Bournemouth East, supported by Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw among others, it is their wish to rename the Clock Tower - aka Big Ben - Elizabeth Tower as a tribute to Her Majesty, the Queen.


A noble gesture, however are there not more important matters to occupy the parliamentary time of our MPs? While it is acknowledged that much of MPs powers to influence that which happens in our country has been ceded to Brussels, might not their time be better spent causing a fuss about, for example, Chris Tappin, Hollie Grieg, Robert Green, Graham Mitchell; all of whom are victims of a justice system that leaves much to be desired?


Might not their time be better spent causing a fuss about their inability to restrain the Executive and its dictatorial aims? Might not their time be better spent holding the government to account for all its broken promises, for example, the recall of MPs and the Localism Act? Might not their time be better spent causing a fuss about the fact that, in an attempt to divert attention from what was a joke budget, a Secretary of State was making a statement on a Friday morning - a virtually unheard of event? Might not their time be better spent causing a fuss about the fact that since November last year our annual EU contribution appears to have grown by £1.8billion - and this at a time when our overall national debt has increased to over £1trillion? Might not their time be better spent questioning the Minister concerned about what is now held to be systemic fraud at A4e?


In fact - with a very few exceptions - might not their time be better spent finding an alternative career - they're no bloody good at their present one!

8 comments:

PeterCharles said...

Don't be silly WfW, you know they are not allowed to cause a fuss, or at least not a fuss that accuses the government or the party. Their role of the MP is to do what they are damned well told. Of course it may just be a ploy to garner kudos with the Crown Loyalists, especially since so many of them will be hit by Osborne's 'granny tax'. So perhaps the intention is to help push Osborne's faux pas out of the limelight and mollify some grannies.

It is, by the way, St Stephen's Tower, Big Ben is the bell itself, but I expect you know that while many of your potential readers might not, especially if they left school after 1970.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

PC: Fully aware they are not allowed to cause a fuss. I was being sarcastic and actually did hear the crack of a whip whilst typing......

TomTom said...

Why not name it after a sponsor - Goldman Bell or Barclays Tower ?

But naming it after the Mother-President is a bit iffy - she has shredded her Coronation Oath

outsider said...

The short answer to all your questions is YES.

livescore said...
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right_writes said...

Peter Charles wrote: "It is, by the way, St Stephen's Tower, Big Ben is the bell itself, but I expect you know that while many of your potential readers might not, especially if they left school after 1970."

On top of what you say WfW, which I concur with, renaming St. Stephen's Tower to Elizabeth Tower, would be an insult to Stephens' everywhere…

…And this particular Stephen is aghast that the tower should be renamed after a traitor to-boot.

Sean O'Hare said...

Westminster Abbey,
The Tower of Elizabeth,
The rosy red cheeks of the little children


Nah, Roger Miller would never have had a hit with that!

TomTom said...

Hell, we have already named an "aircraft" carrier after the Mother-President - even if it will be mothballed