Labour Veteran MacKinlay resigns – the end of the Parliamentary age

I wanted to add a post on here about the resignation of Labour MP Andrew MacKinlay.

Tonight he told his constituency party that he intends to step down at the next election. Iain Dale broke the story on his blog.
Andrew stood successfully for Parliament in 1992. He was elected to serve Thurrock, just outside London.

He has resigned because he feels that Parliament has lost its individuality. Individual members are not Parliamentarians anymore; they are party hacks who do what the whips tell them.

I have known Andrew personally for a few years. He is a decent man and a very hard-working MP.

This is an example of the many wee things he would have done in Parliament. In April of this year he introduced a debate on debt collection. This was a debate limited to 30 minutes on what is a very important subject affecting many people across the United Kingdom. What he found was that many debt agencies were buying peoples’ debts from other companies. People were then faced with receiving demanding phone calls and letters from these new companies who demanded repayment. This was being done without the full knowledge of the customer and putting them under stress. Andrew proposed that debts should not be allowed to be sold onto other companies.

His resignation is perhaps a symptom of the Party system that exists in the 21st Century. MP’s should be given more freedoms on certain issues and be entitled to a free vote. A clear example of the party system and its impact is the situation unfolding before our eyes; the meltdown of ‘New’ Labour. The Conservatives are picking up seats in places they never were able to before. This is the political life cycle. One government serves it’s time and is then replaced, and it goes on and on. This affects a lot of individual and hard-working MP’s as the Party system kicks in as MP’s are kicked out. Personally I would place the blame for this on Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair for their dictatorial and Presidential leadership styles. Is it any wonder voters are losing confidence?

Andrew has a keen interest in Northern Ireland and visits the province regularly. He deserves a rest.

  • pass me the kleenex

    Booo hooo for the snide git who, along with Campbell, Blair and the intelligence services, hounded Dr. David Kelly until he could take no more.

    Boo hoo for the man who voted to send our children to the killing fields of Iraq and Afghanistan – what option do they have when, just like MacKinlay, they feel stressed, a little bit burnt out could do with a sabbatical when constantly staring at death?

    And, of course, there’s the cloyingly sanctimonious Iain Dale – no mention that MacKinlay sits on the board of his magazine, nor that his daughter is an editor there.

    Good riddance to the “utter bastard” more like it.

  • You are certainly right, pmtk, about the character of the people you mention, especially the “utter bastard”, making Kelly “chaff”, but he did not kill himself.

    He was murdered by the four persons – apparently a Mossad kidon hanging around where his body was found to make sure that he was really dead – who thought that they were doing the British PM Blair a favor by doing so.

    That’s what it does for Israeli ones when they want someone disposed of.

    And remember, the resident Mossad kidon in Britain could only carry knives and other lethal means of killing, but no guns.

  • wild turkey

    ‘The only way to look at a politician is down’
    H.L. Mencken

    PMTK. Well done. You certainly nailed the bastard down.

    The personal possession of guns and knives in the UK is generally illegal. What about guillotines?

    Out of curiousity, how did you make the connection between Dale and MacKinley? Common knowledge or are there websites that document the networks of intrigue,sleaze and incest between politicos, the media, quangoland etc. etc.?

  • loki

    I presume Andrew Mackinley has been one of the MPs that the DUP suck up to then if you’re being so pleasant about him ? In that case we’re well rid of him.

  • fin

    strangely enough loki, yes, the Honourable member is a close friend and supporter of the DUP.

    He is a supporter of DUP friendly ‘victim groups’ obviously the people mentioned above are not ‘those victims’

  • Andrew

    loki and fin

    ‘Andrew Mackinlay a DUP supporter’

    A friend of NI and of many people of all Party Political persuasions.

    Re. ‘pass me the kleenex’

    In many ways not a friend of Blair or Brown for that matter. A man who could think for himself.

    His questioning of David Kelly draw on what people were thinking; he was a scapegoat.

  • pass me the kleenex

    Andrew,

    [i]In many ways not a friend of Blair or Brown for that matter. A man who could think for himself.[/i]

    at this point you are either demonstrating how ignorant and ill-informed you are or else you are deliberately lying. Let’s browse through a little taster of his voting record in the Commons:

    Voted very strongly for introducing ID cards.

    Voted strongly for introducing student top-up fees.

    Voted strongly for Labour’s anti-terrorism laws.

    Voted very strongly for the Iraq war.

    Voted moderately against an investigation into the Iraq war.

    Let’s have a full declaration as to why you, Andrew, are so intent on participating in this organised propaganda exercise which seeks to rehabilitate the reputation of the cretin? Why didn’t you feel the need to included some of the mote controversial aspects of MacKinlay’s career in your little sanctimonious tribute?

    ‘A man who think for himself’ – that has to be some kind of sick joke or else you genuinely believe that the general public are [i]that[/i] stupid and you can get away with spewing your lies unchallenged and unchecked.

  • loki

    Andrew,
    I doubt you’d be singing his praises so highly had he been of the same mind as Mo Mowlam, or one of her predecessors Kevin McNamara. It’s because he supports the DUP that you’re trying to big him up. I’m very inclined to agree with PMTK. You’re also being deliberately disingenuous about why you’re so glowing about him.
    Let’s have your declaration as already requested in post 7.

  • Andrew

    Calm down the pair of you! Perhaps you need to declare interests!

    I have absolutely nothing to declare only to say that he is a thoroughly decent and pleasant man and furthermore a very hard-working MP.

  • [i]Calm down the pair of you! Perhaps you need to declare interests![/i]

    So you expect people to remain calm when fed blatant lies about an utter scumbag from said scumbag’s mate on a public forum? You certainly have learned a trick or two from your friend about playing the system and abusing your position.

  • fin

    A friend of NI and of many people of all Party Political persuasions.

    What annoys me most about him is his support for the DUPs stunt of chasing compo from Libya for supplying arms to the IRA, this is the same DUP involved in the setup of Ulster Resistance who were supplied with arms by Nelson provided by……..

  • oldhack

    interesting finbouy

    that last post tells us all what foot you kick with and y u hate him

    who provided them with arms?

  • He has resigned because he feels that Parliament has lost its individuality. Individual members are not Parliamentarians anymore; they are party hacks who do what the whips tell them.

    It’s as if the main parties have some sort of hold over their elected members, some sort of document to force their resignation if there is any disobedience.

    I have known Andrew personally for a few years. He is a decent man and a very hard-working MP.

    LOL