Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Paul, we're getting seriously bored with this now

My selfish and largely indolent MP, Paul Uppal, occasionally realises that he has to sound caring, without actually doing anything. His usual trick is to ask a pointless question so his name turns up in the records.

Here's today's:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people in Wolverhampton South West constituency who will be affected by his proposal to change the eligibility criteria for child benefit.

I could basically cut and paste the minister's answer from any of those given to previous questions:
Information on household income for child benefit claimants is not available at parliamentary constituency level.
Paul knows this already. But the point of the question isn't enlightenment, it's to build up a record, in a shameless and cynical fashion.

He also got in on the Yemeni bomb debate:
In view of the fact that Yemeni unemployment is running at something like 40% and particularly that the intelligence intercept we received was from a former al-Qaeda operative, and echoing the sentiments expressed by my hon. Friend Robert Halfon, may I ask the Home Secretary to be mindful of the fact that the battle for young hearts and minds is as important for the long term as any short-term security measures we implement?
Eh? What an utterly pointless thing to say. It's just words. Mouth open, mind empty…

Update: hello Paul. Stay tuned!

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1 comment:

cartermagna said...

Funny old thing; I received an e-mail alert from theyworkforyou.com this morning, but before I can even read it and form thoughts on a coherent post, you've got there first and followd up with two more posts!

Damn your eyes! ;o)

Anyway, here's my take on the latest from our pal in Whitehall.

As always, please feel free to comment on anything you feel I may have missed.