Despite massive public opposition the Digital Economy Bill was voted into law last night. Here’s how Sheffield MPs behaved:
|Constituency||MP||Party||At 2nd reading?||At 3rd reading?||How they voted|
|Attercliffe||Clive Betts||Labour||No||No||FOR the Bill|
|Central||Richard Caborn||Labour||No||No||FOR the Bill|
|Hallam||Nick Clegg||Lib Dem||No||No||ABSENT|
|Heeley||Meg Munn||Labour||No||No||FOR the Bill|
|Hillsborough||Angela Smith||Labour||No||No||FOR the Bill|
Frankly, I’m appalled. Any illusions I had about Britain being a representative democracy have been shattered. What’s the point of voting when the people we elect just ignore their constituents and do whatever their party whips tell them to? I find it especially hard to understand how an MP can vote on something without even bothering to take part in the relevant debates. Surely that’s a dereliction of duty? If they won’t scrutinise legislation on our behalf then what are we paying them for?
If any of these so-called “representatives” would like to explain themselves to the people of Sheffield we would love to hear their excuses in the comments.
Oh, and would the last person to leave Digital Britain please switch off the Internet?