So it is true; Ye haven’t Gone Away, y’know!

Some bloggers and sites have picked up the strange and grotesque news about the Sinn Fein/IRA about-to-be-canonised leader Gerry Adams and his none-job as an M.P. at Westminster, others have not, but i thought I’d bring it out for an airing on my bandwidth, and see what, and if, anyone has anything to say. To say, that is, in the bounds of decent conversation and debate of course.

I have my own thoughts and opinions on the very existence of this person, but leaving those aside for a moment, I would share with you an e-mail letter I wrote yesterday to my M.P. :-

Tuesday 25 January 2011

Dear Roberta Blackman-Woods,

I write with reference to the alleged resignation of Gerry Adams M.P.
from the House of Commons. Despite the fact that he has never taken his
seat to represent his constituents, he was elected to be the Member of
Parliament for West Belfast.

Now I may have missed the announcement of the Constitutional Changes
which allow Members to resign, but I was always of the belief that the
only way that an M.P. could in fact be relieved of his seat by his own
volition was for the Member to apply for, and be granted, the Crown
Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds. This would ensure that the Member
was employed by the Crown, and was therefore disqualified of
Memebership of the Commons by this device.

The character and past history of this M.P. notwithstanding, and some
would aver that that past history gives some idea of the character of
the man, I was wondering if you could raise this point with the
relevant Parliamentary Authorities, so as to clarify the standing of
this M.P., and thus the Dail or Parliament of the Republic of Ireland
would also be advised as to this man’s standing and present employment.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Cunningham

One thought on “So it is true; Ye haven’t Gone Away, y’know!

  1. He’s resigned by doing this now…except he might not have done so. It seems that The Chancellor, who organises this, may have taken Adams at his public word that he intended to resign and appointed him to the post to get around the issue.

    For those of use who are constitutional geeks it’s interesting and worrying that one constitutional anomaly may have been swapped for another – the Chancellor forcing the position on an MP against his wishes. You could even (extremely theoretically) sack an MP that way now.

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