Thursday, May 12, 2011

David Laws MP: candidates should be judged by the content of their character

David Laws has been found guilty by the Parliamentary Standards and Privileges Committee for breaking "around six" rules. I wonder what character standards David Law had in mind when he wrote he opposed all-women short-lists to increase the number of women parliamentary candidates "because people should be judged by the content of their character."

In 2004 David Laws MP, wrote in the Orange Book, setting out his vision for the Liberal Democrat Party:
"The Liberal Democrat Party’s persistent refusal to adopt politically correct ‘women-only’ shortlists for Parliamentary selection processes shows that the bright light of personal liberalism – judging people by the content of their character, not by the category they appear to fit into – burns brightly. Long may it do so."

On May 12 2011 The Parliamentary Standards and Privileges Committee stated: "Mr Laws was guilty of a series of serious breaches of the rules, over a considerable time. We recommend that Mr Laws should be suspended from the service of the House for a period of 7 sitting days.... Mr Laws should also apologize to the House by way of a personal statement."

1 comment:

lizcarolan said...

I am not quite sure the protection of privilege is what Martin Luther King had in mind...

Liz Carolan