Monday, 25 May 2009

Damian Green denied vote on his DNA sample

No charges were ever brought against Mr Damian Green MP, yet Jacqui Smith wants to hold onto his DNA sample for six years 'in case he offends again'. And to ensure that not only Damian Green but every MP in the House is denied the chance to have a say on this, she's proposing to use a Statutory Instrument.

Words fail me in describing the utter moral bankruptcy of this government.

7 comments:

Blue Eyes said...

I thought SIs were voted on in both houses; they are just yes-no rather than fully debated.

patently said...

Generally, they go through by default. They are "laid before" the House (literally, put on a table to read) and an MP has to positively ask for a debate on an SI. If parliamentary time can be found, that is...

Elby the Beserk said...

SIs are a clear abuse of Parliamentary process. But then, so is Jackboots. No surprises then. Hoons

hatfield girl said...

She's the public face of a deeply politicised civil service. She couldn't think up a strategy of enabling acts and SIs for all governance if we paid her and her husband (oh).

Blue Eyes said...

Patently - OK thanks I assumed they had to be actively voted on. I have always viewed them as a circumvention of democracy. They were invented as a quick way to get EEC/EU laws through parliament but have since been extended to be a good way to increase executive power.

A very simple one line Bill could rectify that.

Henry North London said...

I asked my MP about the Statutory instruments and she looked at me blankly.

There are none so blind as those who cannot see

measured said...

Beware anyone who has been a primary school teacher. They will have gained eyes in the back of their head and will know precisely the best approach to get their own way.