Dissent that comes a trifle late
Bangladesh, Dec. 21 -- The Brexit debates in the House of Commons had at least the redeeming feature of the Conservative party members criticising its own Ministers of having failed in their duties or not having addressed them at all. Our Parliament prides itself in Westminster style operations but doesn't allow for floor crossing when an open vote is in place. Needless to say it is this deterrent that results in secret voting not being held. That, of course, is excluding the members misunderstanding a vote in which they said "yes" instead of "no" in a voice vote on a Private Members Bill. It caused a bit of an embarrassment resulting in the Speaker putting the voice vote to the law makers for a second time and creating much amusement for t...
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