Retribution is in the air in the United Kingdom for the Parliament’s vote against a military strike in Syria. At least the UK had the decency to have a debate and a vote. At least the UK still recognizes the rule of law. Our Congress is hiding as the very real probability of World War III is ignited by an egomaniac. Is it fear or the possibility of having a “political issue” for the next election cycle?
I could vent my frustration with the federal government with my “representative” except he did not have any. What do you call a member of the House of Representatives who represents special interests (mainly their own) instead of the people in their district and the US Constitution? It definitely is not “representative”.
At least five Government ministers face the sack in the wake of David Cameron’s humiliating failure to secure parliamentary backing for military strikes against the Syrian regime.
Alan Duncan, David Gauke and Steve Webb failed to return from holiday to support the Government, angering the Prime Minister, according to sources.
Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, and Mark Simmonds, a junior Foreign Office minister, claim to have not realised that voting had begun as they were in a meeting. Commons officials said the explanation was baffling as it “would have been clear” that a vote was happening.
Kenneth Clarke also abstained after being given permission for “logistical family reasons”, but the 73-year-old minister without portfolio is widely expected to lose his job anyway in a forthcoming reshuffle.
In total, including Liberal Democrats and a Downing Street adviser, 10 members of the Government are recorded as not having voted.