Thanks to D-Notice who caught this a few days ago it looks like David Macleans zombie bill that will exempt MP’s from FOI scrutiny may have finally met it’s machete wielding match and ended its undead rampage. Although no senior politician would admit it, it was backed by both Tories and Nulab scumbags, but it seems maybe the Lords don’t want to get associated with the sleazy bill.
It is now generally assumed that the Bill to exempt Parliament from freedom of information – the ‘Maclean Bill’ – is dead.
This is because no peer had decided to sponsor it and obtain a second reading debate for it in the Lords by last night’s deadline. This does not guarantee for certain that it has come to an end. Parliamentary procedure does still allow for it to be revived later in the session. But it has now missed a crucial window of opportunity to make progress. Even if someone does emerge to sponsor it later it will have major difficulties in getting sufficient debating time given the other business in the Lords between now and the end of the session.
For some this will be a victory for transparency in public life. For others it represents the frustration of the will of the elected House, because any peer feels too intimidated by the prospect of media attention to sponsor the Bill.
And in comments the author reveals:
What I meant was the point about intimidation was part of what ‘others think’, not necessarily my own view. However personally I do believe it was one factor, and that is based on conversations I have had.
I don’t want to take all the credit (if only corrupt pols were scared of me), but hey, we helped scare a toff into not sliming the bullshit bill through, woohoo! But seriously, ‘intimidated’ boo-fucking-hoo, cry me a river, drop the frame douchebags, this was a bad bill coming from bad faith and you got caught. The UK is already insanely secretive and we really don’t need any more shadows in which the elite can conduct their business.
Call me cynical but I won’t be taking the hastily nailed boards off the windows next (hell yes I’m enjoying the zombie metaphor) I also reckon they might try to tack the measures on to another bill, probably something with ‘terrorist’ or ‘paedophile’ in the title. So look out for the “Homeland Protection & Security Safety from Terrorist Paedophiles Bill’ appendix 37 q subsection 14 f- and we are exempt from FOI so pass the lobbyist cash over here Mr Mammon (but y’know, in lawyer speak).