Scottish Labour MPs – not absent SNP MPs – do the heavy lifting on getting shot of the ‘Bedroom Tax’

Only two out of six SNP MPs – but all 40 Scottish Labour MPs [including former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Chancellor Alastair Darling] – were in the voting lobby of the House of Commons last night, for a vote which effectively scuppers the indefensible ‘Bedroom Tax’.

This came in the vote on a  Private Member’s Bill from Liberal Democrat MP, Andrew George – the ‘Affordable Homes Bill’, which passed by 306 to 231 votes, supported by Labour and the Liberal Democrats voting against the position of their own government.

SNP Leader in the Commons, Angus Robertson was – ah – not there. Nor were Stewart Hosie,  Angus MacNeil and Pete Wishart – of whose absence more below.

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon chant ‘Bedroom Tax’ as a frequent and ritual mantra to drive votes into the ‘Yes’ pen on 18th September. With the Scottish government devoting funds to shelter those likely to be seriously disadvantaged by its application, opposition to the ‘Bedroom Tax’ has become SNP government policy and a battle cry for the pro-indy campaign.

Two thirds of the First Minister’s own MPs did not summon the sense of responsibility to turn up for THE vote that will see the end of this hated and unfair tax.

This laissez faire default will be spun – but will reverberate in underscoring how superficial is so much of the anti-Westminster rhetoric used to inflame the masses and invoke the anti-Englishness visibly deemed necessary to the success of the ‘Yes’ campaign in the referendum.

There will be much bluster and decoy-roaring – and SNP MP Pete Wishart has already been the target for widespread hilarity after offering an excuse for his absence that was a long way short of believable.

He said his plane was delayed by 20 minutes – but he had put himself on a flight that left Scotland two hours after the debate on the bill was scheduled to begin in the chamber at Westminster.

It has to be said that one of the dreads of independence becoming fact is a duo of Pete Wishart and Eddi Reader endlesssly in open mic recitative, possessors of the shrillest and most bitter whinges in the song book.

Wishart will at least now have to sing dumb on the reality of his ‘opposition’ to the ‘Bedroom Tax’.

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  • What a load of rubbish. Heavy lifting and bedroom tax. The write really schooled on the modern phrases. All you need to do now is to be able to find the money for these things.

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    Richard Brook September 6, 2014 3:41 pm Reply
  • History repeats itself . First they brought down a Labour Government which led to Mrs Thatcher becoming Prime Minister now they are nowhere to be seen .

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    Islay for ever September 6, 2014 5:26 pm Reply
  • Disgraceful and after all the bleating about social justice and a fairer society. The voting record of the snp in westminster over the last two years is absolutely shocking and these so called representatives of the people should hang their heads in shame.

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    Fiona mac September 6, 2014 5:46 pm Reply
  • Even Gordon Brown turned up to vote – that puts the SNP failure into perspective. All mouth & no action.

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    keith stanger September 6, 2014 8:13 pm Reply
  • From an earlier post on a different thread:

    Karl Hughes says:
    September 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Here is a nice little number for you “Tories in Tartan” to discuss…. SNP, best interest at heart and all of that BS, anybody would think we were not in the Union…anybody would rightly think we are not represented in Westminster by the current shambles that sit and get fat in Holyrood while the country (Scotland) fragments.
    http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/snp-slammed-over-mps-no-show-at-bedroom-tax-vote-1-3532875

    Karl Hughes says:
    September 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    The bedroom Tax is one of the lynch pins of the nationalists ” hard done by” arguments is it not ?

    The referendum is both about Scotland and its part the Union…is it not ?

    The referendum is about political representation and self determination is it not ? something the nationalists ( correct me if I am wrong but the SNP are nationalist) yet again fail to do in Westminster….this is not acceptable, and part of the problem is it not ?

    Our nationalist government yet again fails to represent us in the UK parliment…
    Correct me if I am wrong…but are we still in the Union or not ? and will be for some time to come…
    will we not ?

    Shame on the Scottish Nationalist Party…..QED

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    Karl Hughes September 6, 2014 8:20 pm Reply
  • The SNP got shot of the bedroom tax on day one, your lot are playing catch up. The SNP have moved on to getting Westminster totally out of our lives as are all the other Yes campaigners. That’s all that matters for now.

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    Murdoch MacKenzie September 6, 2014 9:22 pm Reply
    • They did not get rid of the bedroom tax…you are wrong Murdoch…

      “Speaking in a statement to Parliament today, the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has asked households who have lost out on housing benefit through the ‘Bedroom Tax’ to access compensation through Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP).”

      We foot the bill….so to correct you, the SNP, our government should have been supporting the vote… QED…. Shame on the SNP, Shame on the 1st minister.

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      Karl Hughes September 6, 2014 9:57 pm Reply
    • MM tries to defend the indefensible. Like their leader Salmond did for years, they take their big salaries paid for out of our pockets and do FA for it. They should be ashamed of themselves.

      No doubt that Angus Robertson, Stewart Hosie, Angus MacNeil and Peter Wishart thought that it was more important to be out on the independence campaign trail telling lies to anyone who would listen instead of representing their constituents.

      They need to hang their heads in shame. Shame on Robertson, shame on Hosie, shame on MacNeil and shame on Wishart.

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      Sceptic1 September 6, 2014 10:09 pm Reply
  • happy to take their big Westminster salaries and expenses but not actually do the job.

    Where were they and why didn’t they vote? The SNP are a disgrace, they really are.

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    Jamie Black September 6, 2014 9:51 pm Reply
    • Most of them were in airports on their way to vote. The vote was brought forward from the originally planned time and they were not forewarned. Could it be that the unionist parties noticed the SNP were not yet in the chamber and having enough votes decided to do it early for the sake of some anti-SNP publicity?

      It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the Liberals were encouraged to do so, and will later capitulate to their Conservative masters so the success in passing the first reading stage is quickly brought to a halt.

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      russell September 8, 2014 1:24 am Reply
      • That’s pretty pathetic russel! ‘I was stuck at the airport’!??

        I’m sure you’d be the first along with your SNP cronies to ridicule Labour MPs who tried that!

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        Jamie Black September 8, 2014 11:05 am Reply
  • With days to go the referendum the Labour party find their voice

    Whoopsie dubh on the bad SNP four.

    And good on the new,found night soil shifters!

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    willie September 6, 2014 10:10 pm Reply
  • Or is it too late.

    Have the night soil shifters shifted their last.

    Certainly seems so. Toilet time!

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    willie September 6, 2014 10:16 pm Reply
  • And if every Scottish Labour MP hadn’t turned up, the outcome would have been the same. Just another indication if how powerless Scots are in Westminster.

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    Russell September 7, 2014 2:47 am Reply
    • The point is that the SNP MPs weren’t there to support the Pivate Member’s Bill when others managed it. Perhaps they just didn’t care? Let’s face it, if the vote goes towards independence they will be out of a job too.

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      Lowry September 8, 2014 10:38 am Reply
      • Lowry, you are correct, MP’s take the salary and have
        the expenses paid, no one in a normal job would get away with not turning up for important meetings!
        People need to stop kidding themselves, it doesn’t matter whether it is Westminster or Holyrood, once elected and inside the political bubble life and values change, it becomes ME ME ME, I’m important, I’m an MP/MSP.
        Independence will make no difference the political elite in Holyrood will continue with their snouts in the trough, the people who will suffer are those who work hard to give their family a good standard of life, they will be taxed to death.

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        richard September 8, 2014 11:33 am Reply
  • I am now retired due to ill health. I have worked since age of 15, with over 20 years in the armed services and then in various industries.
    I have never had a penny in unemployment pay.
    I have never had housing allowance or been in any trouble.
    As a no voter I object to being called a traitor to my country by a bunch of SNP scumbag social security CND trash

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    Robert Anderson November 2, 2014 2:02 pm Reply
    • It’s easy to understand and to empathise with your anger – but it is important to avoid committing similar abuse of others. ‘Scumbag’ is an unpleasant vilification.

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      newsroom November 2, 2014 2:06 pm Reply
  • Back in the days of Greenham common air base the lovely ladies of CND would throw buckets of human waste at the MOD police along with used sanitary towels…nice ladies , good upstanding SNP supporters you could take home to meet your family ?

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    bob November 2, 2014 6:03 pm Reply

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