Err, this is what whips do

Dark rumours have been circulating around Westminster this week about the government whipping operation, with talk of misdemeanour lists to keep troublesome MPs in line, and alleged attempts to put pressure on those threatening to rebel on Brexit.

The Conservative party was forced to deny the suggestion that one politician had been reduced to tears by “bullyboy tactics” before being gently steered through the desired voting lobby by a cabinet minister.

Back in Callaghan’s day (??) one Labour MP was carried through the vote on a stretcher (actually, his deathbed) in order to prevent a government defeat……

8 comments on “Err, this is what whips do

  1. There is talk that John McCain will be carried through the vote on a stretcher for his vote on the Republicans tax bill.

    Won’t bother me if it is actually his deathbed.

  2. You’re getting the wrong end of the stick – Tories whipping their MPs to vote for Evil Tory Scum measures is despicable behaviour, Labour whipping their MPs to ensure they enact the party manifesto is called for behaviour, indeed the correct moral thing to do. Anyone exhibiting any independence of thought against The Party is a Traitor to the Cause!!!!

  3. Gamecock:

    If I remember correctly, McCain was one of 6 or 7 politicians (congresscritters, as I remember)
    attending a meeting with 6 or 7 others involved in the bank fiasco of about 25 years ago (in which
    all the rest went to prison, I seem to remember).

  4. Back in Callaghan’s day (??) one Labour MP was carried through the vote on a stretcher (actually, his deathbed) in order to prevent a government defeat……

    Not quite. Labour MP Alfred Broughton was on his death bed and Callaghan refused to drag him by ambulance to the 28 March 1979 no confidence vote which the government lost by one vote. Broughton died 5 days later.

    Definitely a plus in Sunny Jim’s column in my view.

  5. Were I PM the entire legal dept would be busy looking for ways in which I could legally get away with calling each so called rebel to my office one at a time and beating the shite out of the traitorous scum.

    Failing that I would use terrorism law, Civil Contingences, emergency powers –you name it–to break them. Say

    –Confiscating 6 months wages for last weeks caper plus corresponding loss of pension
    –Promise ALL of them deselection–the only question being that they can go from the pigpen of politics WITH compo and pension or without. No need to guess how each set of circs will happen along.

    – It would be made clear that any vote against Brexit will lead to them being arrested directly afterwards in the Lobby of the HoC on a T&S charge. It might not stick but they will get 2 to 3 years on remand before it settles plus crippling lawdog fees.
    -To show serious intent I would order the instant T&S arrest of Bliar, Clegg, Fatboy Clarke, Mandelson and Adonis. Such action will make very clear to the shitehouse rebels that Hell is their destination if they utter one peep contrary to Brexit.

  6. “Not quite. Labour MP Alfred Broughton was on his death bed and Callaghan refused to drag him by ambulance to the 28 March 1979 no confidence vote which the government lost by one vote. Broughton died 5 days later.

    Definitely a plus in Sunny Jim’s column in my view.”

    The last of a generation of Labour leaders who were genuinely interested in helping the working class because they’d served alongside them in that great leveller, war, who’ve replaced by Labour MPs who see the working class as canon fodder. I didn’t agree with his politics but I respected the man, which I can’t say about any of his successors who’ve all been self serving careerists.

    Heath may have asked “who runs Britain” and told “not you mate”, but the unions weren’t paying attention and by the time we got to he end of Callaghan we realise we’d made a collective mistake. Not that Heath would have solved the problem.

    If anyone is nostalgic or want to get a good insight in to the era I strongly recommend the BBC’s UK Confidential series from 74 to ’82, a fascinating insight.

  7. I’ve been putting it off, but tonight’s the night:

    BBC Question Time: Oakshott vs 5 shrill lefty remoaniacs.

    Bernard Jenkin won the five against one last week, but screwed up by joining the attack Trump hysteria saying Trump was a bigot, racist, misogynist.

    FFS dislike the man privately, respect and work with the POTUS – even BoJo has failed /facepalm

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