Attendance in parliament by MPs

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 by

MPs don’t have a formal attendance register. Party ‘whips’ know who attends but the public don’t. Consequently the only record the electorate have is the MPs voting record. Voting doesn’t imply attendance*. Many MPs simply turn up to vote and vote as they are told by the whips or are labelled ‘rebels’. Legislating simply on

More news from Ivana

Friday, 12 February 2016 by

Last Thursday, I attended the launch of Havering Mind’s mental health awareness campaign. It was an amazing event, testament to the work of the charity and their commitment to changing the public perception of mental illness. I am also very happy that the Romford Recorder is supporting the campaign with so much dedication. Unfortunately, Tory

News from Ivana

Thursday, 04 February 2016 by

Ivana Bartoletti has written to the Civil Aviation Authority asking them to conduct a noise impact assessment after the 4th of February, when the changes to flight paths come into force. She said: “Many residents have contacted me over the last few months with their worries about the flight path changes at City Airport, and I think

Jeremy Corbyn is Right on Syria

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 by

Syria, like most other countries, doesn’t have ‘natural’ frontiers. Syria was born after WW1 with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Its frontiers were decided by western diplomats most of whom had little practical knowledge of the region. Its frontiers ignored tribal and religious facts. As a result Syria has frontiers which are a geo-political

The house of Lords is nonsensical. There are now more than 800 members most of whom don’t turn up. This is the second chamber of our democracy: a legislative chamber. To help illustrate how ludicrous it is those 800+ members have a quorum of THREE*. Tony Blair tried to introduce ‘The People’s Peers’ i.e. ordinary

Sabre rattling hawk Curtis LeMay (US air force general) in the 1950s, wanted to destroy China to stop communism. In the 1960s he wanted to bomb North Vietnam back to the “Stone Age”(quote). The 1982 Falklands War demonstrated that nuclear weapons were useless. UK Nuclear Weapons were deployed but weren’t even considered. Tony Blair could

Hinkley Point nuclear power station is going to receive £24.5bn of investment. Is investing in nuclear power the best investment? The Fukushima (2011) disaster demonstrated that fixed nuclear sites are vulnerable. For the UK vulnerability will be terrorism (assymetrical warfare). Let us consider spending the money on retrofitting energy conservation instead. What if houses/offices were

George Osborne and Council Tax

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 by

Osborne is clueless. Since 2010 Council Tax has been virtually frozen but this apparent benefit is now a nightmare. Belatedly he’s decided to ‘let’ councils increase council tax by 2%, which means HE can’t be accused of putting up taxes. Osborne believes taxes can never go up. He doesn’t understand that taxes are the price

Bill Clinton once said that if you think International Aid is expensive see how much war costs. Alistair Blundell (SkyNews 26th September 2014) estimated the cost of a sortie of two planes flying for an average of 6 hours at a million pounds. David Cameron has advocated an open-ended war in Syria. There are now

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This was Sadiq Khan’s message to Labour representatives at the London Mayoral Election Manifesto Conference held in Stratford on Saturday. Sadiq stressed that housing was our biggest priority in the forthcoming election but he also said he was committed to a Fares Freeze. He wants to address in-work poverty and establish a real Living Wage throughout the