Posted by: Witch Doctor | September 2, 2011

Another HSCB / abortion intertwinglement

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It seems there may now be not one but two abortion amendments either contaminating or enhancing the Health and Social Care Bill to be debated next week.

Another MP, Louise Mensch, has entered the arena.

However, once more My Black Cat would like to remind everyone that the HSCB is not really about abortion, but about the dismantling of the NHS for the benefit of private companies. My wise cat is of the opinion that it is not a good time to get fraught over the abortion debate. Or maybe it is, if it helps scupper the HSCB.

Just some questions that, despite her centuries of wisdom, The Witch Doctor can’t answer.

How can we vote with our feet over the Health and Social Care Bill?

When there is a vote on abortion, there is no whip. It is a vote of conscience. Where then do the constituents come in if each MP is voting according to their own inner voice? Do constituents’ inner voices not have a say? In fact, how could they without a referendum?

If there is a whip beating up the MPs to vote FOR the HSCB, where do the constituents come in? Do our MP representatives follow their constituents wishes or do they succumb to being whipped?

If abortion is a matter of conscience and therefore immune from whipping, then should dismantling the NHS for the benefit of private companies be a matter of conscience too? Should it be a vote of conscience? Where then do the constituents come in if each MP is voting according to their own inner voice? Do constituents’ inner voices not have a say? In fact, how could they without a referendum?

Who knows…..

Anyway, I never thought that a matter as serious as abortion could become almost entertaining.

Here are some updates from Nadine Dorries and The Man from the Graveyard:

ALICE AND THE TIMES

THE MUDDLED AND MURKY MENSCH AMENDMENT

The two of them make an old witch chuckle.

And, right now, that is not easy to do.


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Responses

  1. I don’t think you need to worry about the voting itself, WD. It won’t be one vote, but several, according to how many amendments are put forward. Some will be whipped and some won’t. It’s perfectly possible to vote for some and against others. The crucial amendment will obviously be the duty of the health secretary to provide healthcare.

    Am still trying to find out who ‘Right to Know’ is and who’s behind it. I looked up Louise Mensch; she’s a newbie and has voted slavishly with the Conservatives on just about every issue apart from one on backbench committee business. I think she’s been wheeled in to neutralise Nadine. And the blog post on Alice Thompsom was very funny..


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