Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hemming - out of touch. Possibly out of his mind.

As he skips through the division lobbies, his party self-interest trumping his duty to his constituents, not worrying that one in ten young people in Birmingham are unemployed, oblivious to the effect his vote has in ending the concept of a National Health Service and unconcerned by cuts to the police and fire service, it is good to know that John Hemming has his eye on the ball.

He's composed a jokily sycophantic Early Day Motion 2893
That this House notes the reports in the BBC and other media outlets of the intention of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to come down like a tonne of bricks on wealthy people who sell properties through offshore companies to avoid stamp duty; recognises that this is part of a trend of metrication of traditional British phrases; believes that, given that a ton is greater in weight than a tonne, this understates the Chancellor's commitment to action; accepts that there is merit in using some metric units for measurement, but regrets the unnecessary metrication of traditional British phrases; and calls on the BBC and other media to cease the metrication of traditional phrases forthwith before people end up being exhorted not to give another 24.5 millimetres rather than not giving another inch. 
Sometimes, you are just lost for words.

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