Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Reckless By Name
Picture the scene: it’s a long day at the pithead. You’re kept hanging around until 2am. And what for? Only some boring emergency budget thingy, that’s what for. Meanwhile there’s a well stocked, subsidised, bar with a lovely river view terrace to relax on. Are you having it? Too bloody right, you are.
And it seems you’re not the only one. Witnesses claim a "significant number" of MPs who voted the budget bill into law were under the influence of alcohol. In parliamentary lingo, they were said to be “convivial” and “well-refreshed”. That’s pissed and well-pissed to me and you.
Not surprising as it appears that some of them had been on the lash for six hours or so. The excellently named Mark Reckless, the MP for Rochester and Strood, summed it up succinctly as “a bit like a lock-in”.
Mr Reckless, of course, was named and shamed for not actually voting. In his defence he said: "I remember someone asking me to vote and not thinking it was appropriate, given how I was at the time.” Which translates as “Vote? I can barely stand”.
The faces may have changed, but it seems the gravy train remains the same.