Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Top quality MP to stand down
It's not just her politics that I am quite partial to (although I thoroughly enjoyed her speech in the quite recent Abortion Debate as the Tories were getting into full-on swivelled-eyed loon mode) but also her manner. People should vote with their conscience and she did, even if a Whip was breathing down her neck (not literally). I used to be in the office next door to Chris (an honour now held by Kerron) and frequently popped in for a chat with Chris, David and the lovely Mette (and in more recent times to see the wonderful Lola Coca Cola and, only once, Arty Farty) or more commonly to sort out Mette's computer.
Obviously MPs are an important bunch of people (just ask one and they'll tell you) but Chris is a proper decent lady, a good laugh and a good chat. I may be wrong but I think Chris was the first sitting MP to do jury service, if not she was one of the first. Now that's a fact (unless it's wrong, of course).
What with John Battle, Neil Gerrard and Alan Simpson also standing down, the Labour Party is losing some very valuable, principled MPs and doesn't bode well for the next Parliament.
Good luck in the future Chris. And if it's not too late change your mind.
Did people want Michael Foot? Probably not, which is kind of represented by him not winning a General Election.
Sadly, you have misinterpreted the post. You may not have noticed it is about Chris McCafferty and not the fucking SDP or reasoning behind the Thatcher Government.
Also the number of Owenites who found themselves ending up in the Tory Party.
During the April 1992 election campaign, Owen in the Mail on Sunday advised voters to vote Liberal Democrat where they had a chance of victory and otherwise to vote Conservative rather than let Neil Kinnock become Prime Minister. He maintained his long standing position that he would never join the Conservative Party, although the memoirs of at least three of John Major's cabinet ministers refer to Major being quite keen to appoint Owen to his cabinet, but threats of resignation from within the Cabinet prevented him from doing so.
A ridiculous comment perhaps, but all the above is nicked of Wikipedia.
i like it being called my precious Labour Party. It brings it all home.
I don't think I have poor understanding of this, just that i don't like the SDP. i have explained my comments already, so don't hold it to be ill-advised. what is an ascertaination by the way? is it a type of knitwear?
Hopefully we will have acouple more years yet to enjoy hearing your hearty chuckle bouncing round the corridors.
Ta-ra to you too chuck - you really will be missed.