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Scheme is out for the count; Commons touch.

Byline: Paul Flynn

ANOTHER failed idea bit the dust this week. As with all populist stunts, it was backed by rent-a-mouth Monmouth AM David Davies.

Many Welsh politicians were asked to back a 'red card' scheme against violence to hospital staff.

The argument was, it works in England, we must have it in Wales.

Serious politicians declined to back the campaign without a few crumbs of evidence.

The truth is that not a single red card has been issued in England.

Two major London hospitals, Barts and the Royal, said that under the scheme a third of their staff had been the victims of violence.

The answer to hospital rage is to cut the excessive waiting time in accident and emergency that provokes much of the patient anger.

The football red card scheme did not stop all 22 players in a Newport football match from beating lumps out of each other last week.

Before you embark on your next campaign David, first give it ten seconds of thought.

It was 'Storm the Palace' time in the Commons.

An antidote to the treacly sycophantic approach to royalty came in a thumping vote for republicanism.

Liverpool MP Kevin McNamara assured the House that it was a treason to even 'think' about replacing the royal family. The law also insists that no Roman Catholic can ever occupy the throne and that all MPs have to feign loyalty.

A massive 170 MPs voted for an alternative oath to the country and constituents not to the Queen. 32 backed the present compulsory insincerity and bigotry.

In past centuries, MPs were instructed to kneel in the presence of royalty. At last elected representatives are standing tall and behaving like citizens not subjects.

At last, the country is growing up.

Sickened with the clogging up of parliamentary language with jargon and verbal Polyfilla, Pendle MP Gordon Prentice and I planned revenge.

Gordon tried to table the follow Early Day Motion on 'Unparliamentary Language':

"This House hails the ground breaking New Labour contribution to the English language; cementing, rolling out and embedding cross cutting active, dynamic partnerships; driving forward, joined-up multi layered, multi agency cuttingedge dynamic holistic initiatives fit for the 21st century and calls for a return to plain English."

It was rejected from the Order Paper on the grounds that it was tabled in the spirit of mockery.

You bet.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 21, 2001
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