Ten bad reasons why MPs may vote for an unamended Article 50 Bill and one good reason why they shouldn’t

1. I must respect the will of the people.

It is every MP’s sacred democratic duty to hold the government to account and to act in what they believe to be the very best interests of the country as a whole.  No MP should ever vote for something that they know is damaging to the country and its people.  This responsibility stands above all other considerations, be they political or personal.

This is an opportunity to prove to the population that MPs are not merely lobby fodder, whipped to vote as their party tells them, and expected to acquiesce unquestioningly.  It is an opportunity to show that individual MPs will act according to what their conscience and intellect tell them is in the best interests of their country and people, without thought for any personal cost.

2. My constituency voted Leave. I must respect the will of the people.

It is every MP’s sacred democratic duty to hold the government to account and to act in what they believe to be the very best interests of the country as a whole.  No MP should ever vote for something that they know is damaging to the country and its people.  This responsibility stands above all other considerations, be they political or personal.

This is an opportunity to prove to the population that MPs are not merely lobby fodder, whipped to vote as their party tells them, and expected to acquiesce unquestioningly.  It is an opportunity to show that individual MPs will act according to what their conscience and intellect tell them is in the best interests of their country and people, without thought for any personal cost.

3. My constituency voted Remain, but the country voted Leave. I must respect the will of the people

It is every MP’s sacred democratic duty to hold the government to account and to act in what they believe to be the very best interests of the country as a whole.  No MP should ever vote for something that they know is damaging to the country and its people.  This responsibility stands above all other considerations, be they political or personal.

This is an opportunity to prove to the population that MPs are not merely lobby fodder, whipped to vote as their party tells them, and expected to acquiesce unquestioningly.  It is an opportunity to show that individual MPs will act according to what their conscience and intellect tell them is in the best interests of their country and people, without thought for any personal cost.

4. I might lose my seat at the next election.

It is every MP’s sacred democratic duty to hold the government to account and to act in what they believe to be the very best interests of the country as a whole.  No MP should ever vote for something that they know is damaging to the country and its people.  This responsibility stands above all other considerations, be they political or personal.

This is an opportunity to prove to the population that MPs are not merely lobby fodder, whipped to vote as their party tells them, and expected to acquiesce unquestioningly.  It is an opportunity to show that individual MPs will act according to what their conscience and intellect tell them is in the best interests of their country and people, without thought for any personal cost.

5. My party leader insists I vote for the Bill.

It is every MP’s sacred democratic duty to hold the government to account and to act in what they believe to be the very best interests of the country as a whole.  No MP should ever vote for something that they know is damaging to the country and its people.  This responsibility stands above all other considerations, be they political or personal.

This is an opportunity to prove to the population that MPs are not merely lobby fodder, whipped to vote as their party tells them, and expected to acquiesce unquestioningly.  It is an opportunity to show that individual MPs will act according to what their conscience and intellect tell them is in the best interests of their country and people, without thought for any personal cost.

6. My party may withdraw the whip if I vote against it.

It is every MP’s sacred democratic duty to hold the government to account and to act in what they believe to be the very best interests of the country as a whole.  No MP should ever vote for something that they know is damaging to the country and its people.  This responsibility stands above all other considerations, be they political or personal.

This is an opportunity to prove to the population that MPs are not merely lobby fodder, whipped to vote as their party tells them, and expected to acquiesce unquestioningly.  It is an opportunity to show that individual MPs will act according to what their conscience and intellect tell them is in the best interests of their country and people, without thought for any personal cost.

7. I would have to resign as a minister or shadow minister.

It is every MP’s sacred democratic duty to hold the government to account and to act in what they believe to be the very best interests of the country as a whole.  No MP should ever vote for something that they know is damaging to the country and its people.  This responsibility stands above all other considerations, be they political or personal.

This is an opportunity to prove to the population that MPs are not merely lobby fodder, whipped to vote as their party tells them, and expected to acquiesce unquestioningly.  It is an opportunity to show that individual MPs will act according to what their conscience and intellect tell them is in the best interests of their country and people, without thought for any personal cost.

8. I would be trashed by the right-wing press.

It is every MP’s sacred democratic duty to hold the government to account and to act in what they believe to be the very best interests of the country as a whole.  No MP should ever vote for something that they know is damaging to the country and its people.  This responsibility stands above all other considerations, be they political or personal.

This is an opportunity to prove to the population that MPs are not merely lobby fodder, whipped to vote as their party tells them, and expected to acquiesce unquestioningly.  It is an opportunity to show that individual MPs will act according to what their conscience and intellect tell them is in the best interests of their country and people, without thought for any personal cost.

9. It won’t make a difference anyway. Other MPs won’t do the same.

It is every MP’s sacred democratic duty to hold the government to account and to act in what they believe to be the very best interests of the country as a whole.  No MP should ever vote for something that they know is damaging to the country and its people.  This responsibility stands above all other considerations, be they political or personal.

This is an opportunity to prove to the population that MPs are not merely lobby fodder, whipped to vote as their party tells them, and expected to acquiesce unquestioningly.  It is an opportunity to show that individual MPs will act according to what their conscience and intellect tell them is in the best interests of their country and people, without thought for any personal cost.

10. I voted for the Bill last time round.

It is every MP’s sacred democratic duty to hold the government to account and to act in what they believe to be the very best interests of the country as a whole.  No MP should ever vote for something that they know is damaging to the country and its people.  This responsibility stands above all other considerations, be they political or personal.

This is an opportunity to prove to the population that MPs are not merely lobby fodder, whipped to vote as their party tells them, and expected to acquiesce unquestioningly.  It is an opportunity to show that individual MPs will act according to what their conscience and intellect tell them is in the best interests of their country and people, without thought for any personal cost.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s