On Thursday, the second full day back in the House of Commons after the Supreme Court had reopened it following its closure by the Prime Minister on 9th September a debate took place under the title “Prime Minister’s Role in Creating a Safe Environment” which followed on from his very aggressive comments towards several MPs during his one off appearance the previous evening. A wide range of people spoke during the session and it was encouraging that Helen Grant who was once a Tory Minister and Kevin Foster who is the Minister sent on behalf of the Prime Minister were willing to call for a much more positive and less aggressive approach by MPs in Parliament and their colleagues in Council Chambers and as Mayors and Police and Crime Commissioners. No doubt had he thought to mention it, Kevin would also have referred to people standing as Members of the European Parliament too!
The third Politician I have included in this piece is Anne Milton who until she was thrown out of the Tory Party by Johnson and his adviser was also a member of the same party. She stated “I fear that the Minister is going to go to great lengths to take this argument to the wider issues of MPs’ safety, but this question is about what happened here yesterday. It was completely unacceptable behaviour in every way. Whipping up a crowd and creating division is not helpful, from whichever side it comes. If we cannot deal with these issues in this place, maybe it is time to put aside our party parliamentary T-shirts and our Brexit and remain T-shirts and to put on a T-shirt that stands for parliamentary democracy, unity of purpose, consensus and agreement. Yesterday was unacceptable, and if we do not do something to change things, we are putting our parliamentary democracy under threat.” Given the popularity of the T Shirts based on the broach worn by Baroness Hale, the President of the Supreme Court perhaps these slightly more wordy T Shirts will be come popular too?