Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Mar 11, 2012 19:26:55 GMT
I've now updated the posts to include three separate ones. There is one which shows how all peers voted on amendment 11, a further one on 12 and then the third analyzes the results from amendment 11. It can be seen that the overwhelming support was from Labour and Cross-benchers with very limited support from the Liberals on these two key amendments; - it's a good indicator as to the priority the peers attach to an individual's access to social welfare justice as opposed to how they chose to dissent or follow the party line on the passage of the bill.
Only two Conservative peers voted for us on amendment 11 and one on 12. Surely the report stages should be seen as an opportunity to vote on the value of the issues debated, rather than just go with the party line?
The views of the Cross-benchers are ones which must be considered to be more reflective of true coalition politics (because they are across the political divides without direct influence from any particular party). McNally's outburst towards those who voted for the amendments just goes to highlight his sole focus; - this being the brief he's been handed by Clarke & Djanogly to ensure the MOJ does its bit to deliver on wealth generation. Shamefully, it is social welfare legal aid which is being sacrificed to pay for the MOJ's grandiose plans to bring all manner of wealth creating disputes to the UK.
Clarke is putting justice to one side in an attempt to show Osborne and co that when it comes to delivering on the economy he can deliver; - he'll not give up until he's done just that. There are millions which could be saved from the MOJ budgets, the reality is that far too much cash is tied up in PFI contracts (chiefly on prison contracts, security & IT provision) and a programme of infrastructure which ensures that those with the cash have their day in court.
It's clear from McNally's face every time he delivers a closing speech;- he does not believe in the words he has been briefed to utter - he shows every sign of being challenged by his own conscience every time he speaks.