Another parliamentarian steps up
First there was the resignation of David Davis, then the arrest of Damian Green. Now, step forward John McDonnell in "Mace protest":
I sit in the chamber watching a little drama unfold. It illustrates quite how monumentally useless our Parliament has become.
The government announces there will be a third runway at Heathrow. But there's to be no decision by those we elect. It'll be decided by the quangos.
A Labour MP, the chap for Hayes and Harlington, gets angry at the total inability to hold the decision-makers to account. As his anger grows, I see a man who seems to finally understand that he and the chamber in which he sits hold no purpose.
He snaps. He walks down, picks up the Mace and puts it aside. His dignity intact
The BBC has a video of McDonnell snapping. Great to see English MPs from both sides of the House realising the futility of parliament under the authoritarian Scottish Raj.
John McDonnell, and EnoughsEnough, might like to consider the fact that the lives of Gordon Brown's own constituents are not blighted by the same planning laws that New Labour created in order to concrete over England.
"Gordon Brown has introduced a Bill specifically designed to circumvent current planning law and force a third runway through" - Susan Kramer MP
The village of Sipson (from the Anglo-Saxon Sibbwines tūn = "Sibbwine's farmstead") will be wiped off the map by Gordon Brown's runway.