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Unparliamentary? Even if it’s true?

February 7, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove has been reprimanded by the Speaker of the House of Commons for his use of ‘unparliamentary language’.  He referred to comments by Labour’s Shadow Education Spokesman, Andy Burnham, as ‘rank hypocrisy’.  That’s only one letter shy of being not only unparliamentary, but fruity and downright base to boot.

Other phrases apparently off-limits to MPs in the House include: coward, hooligan, rat and traitor.  I think all swears are pretty much considered out-of-order as well.  The problem is that to some extent all of these words and phrases apply to most politicians at some time.

Coward, rat and ‘rank hypocrisy’ in particular seem to be the only phrases required to sum up many politicians.  MPs and prospective MPs run scared of anything that may cost them votes, even if it is the right thing to do.  They give the appearance of being willing to eat their own young in order to advance themselves and they will change their tune at the drop of a hat (or media article) if it suits them.

As an alleged grown-up I know that politics requires negotiation and compromise, but the current crop seem to have no principles beyond getting elected and climbing the greasy pole.  They seem to have forgotten who works for whom in most cases.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now: it is only a good thing that these people have so little effect on our actual lives.  Fortunately for us, Great Britain is much, much more than those we keep electing to represent us.  Having said all that, we are doing it to ourselves.  These clowns would be selling houses or cars if we didn’t keep voting for them.

So, it’s actually my fault after all.  Bugger.  Two things you’ll never hear a politician say in Parliament.

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