Posts Tagged ‘Denzil Davies’

Cutting hours is a red herring and wrong

March 23, 2010

I support measures that will get as close as possible to knocking the whole expenses fiasco on its head once and for all. This is not such an example.

I agree that the working hours of MPs maybe idiosyncratic to some people but I maintain that the standard of the evening debates is one of the most endearing traits of the House of Commons. I always remember going to see my first debate many years ago on a trip up with Gorseinon College. Peter Shore was speaking in the debate. Denzil Davies and Ted Rowlands were sitting near him. The standard of debate was really high and so different to the impressions people take from watching PMQs. I felt a strong sense of pride to be there.

The main outcome of what is being mooted by Sir Ian will be less Parliamentary working hours for MPs and less Parliamentary time for Legislation and Scrutiny. Neither of these would be good outcomes.

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Hansard goes back further

July 27, 2009

I have a confession to make – I love Hansard.  Furthermore, I enjoy reading maiden speeches.

I found out this lunchtime that it is now possible to go far back as 1950.  Before that, it was only possible to go back (online) to 1988.

Naturally, the first speech I went for was the one made by Patrick Ground.  I note – having also read the one made by Margaret Thatcher when she was first elected – that MPs seemed to speak far less about their constituency when making their maiden speech as compared to today when new Members enter the House.  I get the impression that Patrick was unusual in that he was genuinely very popular with all sides of the house, even amongst those who disagreed with him on most things.

And, here is the maiden speech made by Denzil Davies.  He was the MP in the constituency where I grew up and actually did speak about his constituency – I recongised the description too.  I looked up to him in a big way when growing up and I still do.

An issue that brings back memories!

February 12, 2008

….and that is the role of young men in society.  Chris Grayling MP today referred to a ‘Jeremy Kyle Future’.  This is an extremely serious matter and has been surely played a huge part in the breakdown of some communities in the UK.  I am glad that Chris Grayling has raised it.

Some will know that when I was in my teens, and lived in Llanelli with my parents, I was an active member of the Labour Party.  One of the most frequent disagreements I had with my then ‘Comrades’ (apart from my loathing for the idea of establishing a Welsh Assembly), was my belief that the Labour Party needed to focus very heavily on the issue of youth male unemployment as an issue in its own right.  Some agreed (such as the then local MP, Denzil Davies) and others did not.

The words that are worth considering for me were written by the American, Charles Murray:

“It is an irretrievable disaster for young men to grow up without being socialized into the world of work.

….By remaining out of the work force during the crucial formative years, young men aren’t just losing the few years of job experience.  They are missing out on the time in which they need to have been acquiring the skills and the networks of friends and experiences that enable them to establish a place for themselves – not only in the workplace, but a vantage point from which they can make sense of themselves and their lives.”

Fortunately, there is access to jobs in this area but I think for the country as a whole this needs to be a much higher priority in the future.

Scots follow Welsh on Prescription Charges. Scottish Tories follow SNP on budget.

February 11, 2008

I do not expect that the injustices caused by devolution will come up too regularly on the doorstep in Feltham and Heston.  However, I thought that an article in the Scotsman is well worth a read.  I remember Mr Forsyth being as opposed to devolution as me.

We have heard much about the Democratic Deficit caused by devolution.  This news raises the problem of the Economic Deficit.

I remember when free prescription charges were introduced in the Principality, I was equally concerned.  Notwithstanding my disagreement with such a universal benefit anywhere in the UK, this will clearly cause more English people to complain, especially when other parts of the United Kingdom are more dependent on UK public expenditure.  One of the best speeches I recall on this matter was not from a fellow Conservative, but the former brilliant Labour MP for Llanelli, Denzil Davies.

Back to Mr Forsyth, any chance we can do what all the King’s Horses and King’s men could not do and that is “put Humpty Dumpty back together again”?