merciantory

merciantory

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33 minutes ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Over-shuffling the whi... · 0 replies · +1 points

(1) If Smith was responsible for breaking a pair, deliberately, he has to go. Unless he goes, May has no hope of managing the parliamentary party after the recess. The opposition(s) will stop co-operating on pairing, making all MPs lives more difficult, and May and the Whips office will take the blame. Whipping is like riding an elephant - a confidence trick on an animal (the parliamentary party) far more powerful than you to make it believe it has no choice but to do what you want. When it gets angry enough, the trick doesn't work.
(2) May has to get some real experience back into the Whips Office. Probably Milton and/or Hands, as previously suggested. If they both refuse (why would rats board a sinking ship?), then May has no hope of managing the parliamentary party after the recess.
(3) Replacing pairing with proxy votes sounds a good idea, but is probably a very bad one. The pairing system is informal, effectively in the whips' gift, and can be exercised with judgement and flexibly. A proxy system risks evolving into an entitlement (just wait for the first new mother's complaint at a restriction in her use of a proxy, or, to avoid accusations of sexism, a new father for that matter). If so, attendance at Westminster will fall, and reasons for absence multiply. It is the essence of our parliamentary system that MPs are overwhelmingly present for important votes and debates. Proxies may well undermine that.

17 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - New snap survey. We as... · 1 reply · +1 points

You are of course right to the extent that it is a commonplace that May and Hammond became friends at Oxford. I'm pretty sure they were in the same year, but they were in different colleges (St Hughs, and Univ) reading different subjects. May was involved in student politics (Union and OUCA) although not particularly prominently. I cannot recall coming across Hammond in either at all. It is curious that Hammond's Wikipedia entry is silent on any involvement with either Union or OUCA, whereas everybody is told that Theresa and Phil met through the Union and OUCA (this I know to be true). Hammond's first political activity per Wikipedia started 10 years after he graduated.
The link you kindly provided offers nothing more than the bare statement. This link in the Telegraph is much more detailed

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/09/the-o...

It names a number of people, pretty accurately, but Hammond is not one of them.

It's very hard to prove a negative, but this has the smell to me of one of those idle common assumptions (they were there at the same time, they are political allies now, therefore.....). Just curious though. But it wouldn't entirely surprise me if somebody posts to correct me who knows better.

18 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - New snap survey. We as... · 3 replies · +1 points

Not sure about that. I was at university with May and knew her reasonably well. I don’t recall Hammond as having any significance at all at the time

19 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - New snap survey. We as... · 1 reply · +1 points

Can force it but can’t win it. A lot more centrist MPs need to realise what kind of blind alley May has led us up first. In other words I’m afraid things have to get still worse before they get better

19 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - New snap survey. We as... · 0 replies · +1 points

Given some of the monkeys we have had as ministers I assume that’s tongue in cheek

20 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - New snap survey. We as... · 3 replies · +1 points

Can’t blame JRM if he has never been offered the opportunity

20 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - New snap survey. We as... · 2 replies · +1 points

Unlike JRM who has never been given the opportunity

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - New snap survey. We as... · 0 replies · +1 points

Huh?

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - New snap survey. We as... · 3 replies · +1 points

They could, but they voted otherwise. The UK on the other hand voted for it.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - New snap survey. We as... · 3 replies · +1 points

That your suggestion that sovereignty is valueless is simply wrong.