Tag Archives: Representative Democracy

Select Committees

Following on from Richard North’s article in which he discusses the effectiveness of Select Committees; and from which:

So often do we see this that we find select committees becoming repositories for misinformation – sharing half-truths and misconceptions and never getting to the bottom of the issues and contributing anything of value. Small wonder they are treated (as I am advised privately) with disdain by ministers and civil servants. If the system is to work at all, we need to see fundamental changes to it – and not just confined to the Brexit committee. In the past, we’ve had major reservations about the Defence Committee, which has proved just as inadequate in monitoring the MoD. One thing I would like to see is the end of the practice where MPs on the committee each take turns questioning witnesses. Instead, it be better if each committee appoints its own advocate (who might be a barrister) to conduct the oral sessions. The MPs would then act in a similar fashion to a judge (or jury). read more.....

Plus ca change, plus ca meme-chose

So Lansley, MItchell and Lilley have been stung as have, in the past, Hoon, Cable; and many others.

If only any of these latest three had any knowledge of ‘matters Brexit’ or ‘matters EU – but then perhaps Trading Standards should become involved, because is it not an offence to pass oneself off as an expert on sommat about which you are clueless to the detriment of those who would pay you for your advice?

Perhaps if the aforementioned did their ‘day-job’ properly and without deficit to their constituents, there might not be an outcry by a section of the media which considers itself the ‘Guardian’ of our nation? read more.....