My friend and comrade Jim Sheridan has informed me of some rather alarming developments at Westminster; apparently attempts to sort out the expenses scandal have found a couple of objectors; those opposed to the Standards Watchdog are Angus MacNeil and Peter Wishart both surprise surprise SNP MP’s this is the same SNP which tried to claim through Salmond (the spiv) that everyone was guilty bar them; £800’s worth of London pies Alex when Parliament was not in session? we are still waiting; we can’t hear you Alex; Alex we can’t hear you.
Jim Sheridan today challenged SNP leader Alex (the spiv) Salmond to explain why two of his party's MPs last night voted against the setting up of the MP standards watchdog.
Establishing the watchdog was a key recommendation in dealing with the fallout of the MP expenses scandal. Four SNP MPs voted with Labour in favour, but Angus MacNeil and Pete Wishart voted for a minority amendment which would have prevented the establishment of the watchdog and the appointment of its members.
Using a little-known parliamentary device, a minority of MPs argued that the appointments "not now be put" - meaning that Parliament would have been unable to approve the establishment of the watchdog. The obscure procedural device has only been used 3 times since the war - in 1943, and twice in 1989.
The effect would have been that the parliamentary standards watchdog would have no members and not be able to start operating.
Jim Sheridan said, "I cannot for the life of me understand why these two SNP MPs would try to prevent setting up the watchdog. Alex Salmond needs to explain their behaviour fast. The watchdog is an important step in ensuring that the expenses scandal can never be repeated and that we end the gentlemen’s club approach to Westminster. This was a vital vote and the SNP MPs have flunked it. Perhaps the SNP chaos at Holyrood has spread to Westminster.
Wishart; a man guilty of inflicting pain and embarrassment on Scots. everywhere when employed as a drummer with Runrig (Q. What is a drummer? Answer. A guy who hangs around with musicians) He has of course been nicked by the expenses police at Westminster as has MacNeil who charged us tax payers for chocolate bars and booze as well as Hotel stays in the Union Jack Hotel London despite owning a London flat; oh yes! The young SNP freedom fighter stayed in the Union Jack Hotel; it’s enough to rip your sporran. Young Angus also achieved fame as the man who started the cash for peerages investigation which achieved nothing and cost millions. He also found fame and notoriety as the clean cut dedicated young politician who got caught buying drink for an underage teenage girl and then “romping” with her and her pal in a hotel room the press said romping honestly; this last misdemeanour took place behind the back of his pregnant wife; clearly an SNP role model; do you ever wish that there was a stronger word than hypocrite? I’ve met some people from Barra where he comes from; they are lovely folk; very religious and very decent and honest; I wonder what they now think of their MP?