Friday, August 24, 2007

Where's Bob?

Just a curious question really, but where is Robert Wareing, the MP for Liverpool West Derby which I believe covers Croxteth? I think there were some problems with his local constituency and they were trying to get him out by holding an open selection, but he was certainly vocal the other month about a computer game that had images of the Jamie Bulger case in it and he's still the MP.

Is he not being a little conspicuous by his absence. I mean I'm not saying he should be jumping up and down and speaking to the media about this shooting, but you'd think there would be some comment from him somewhere wouldn't you? Yet I can't seem to find any. Perhaps I'm just crap at looking though? Or has Bob been gagged?


Bob Piper said...
24 Aug 2007 15:52:00  

Perhaps he's flown to Rwanda... it's quite popular I understand in the face of a crisis in your constituency.

dizzy said...
24 Aug 2007 15:59:00  

Why? Does he think there are "votes in them ther' ethnics" ?

Bob Piper said...
24 Aug 2007 16:09:00  

Who... Cameron? Probably. I'm glad you've come round to my way of thinking.

burmah toad said...
24 Aug 2007 16:11:00  

My guess is that he's sunning himself with his ideological soulmates on the North Korean riviera.

dizzy said...
24 Aug 2007 16:17:00  

awww come on Bob, laugh at yourself over that one.

mitch said...
24 Aug 2007 18:25:00  

Perhaps gordon hasnt told him his opinion yet!

Dave Bartlett said...
25 Aug 2007 03:32:00  

There's a super interview with Douglas Carswell (MP for Harwich), on YouTube, in which he advocates open primaries for sitting MPs as one way of making the MPs more responsive to voters.

Norfolk Blogger said...
25 Aug 2007 16:54:00  

Perhaps he has been campaigning for the Everton ballot over the new stadium. He is a big Evertonian, so he can't be all bad.

Chris Paul said...
25 Aug 2007 22:56:00  

marvellous idea - open primaries - ha ha ha - pretty undemocratic I'd have thought whatever the theory

Dave Bartlett said...
26 Aug 2007 13:36:00  

How can open primaries possibly be 'undemocratic'?

Chris Paul said...
26 Aug 2007 16:59:00  

Easy Dave ... under the proposal the representative of the incumbent party locally can be retained or replaced at the behest of opposition supporters of all parties. In many constituencies they will between them have 51%+ of the engaged. Internal opponents will join in and have the opportuinity to knife an enemy with the support of AN ENEMY. Plus assorted nihilists and fun seekers. And these people will then run a series of different people against their collective choice for the incumbent party. Their people naturally not being chosen in open primaries as the suggestion applied only to incumbents.

Undemocratic and also inefficient in providing good candidates for the real contest.

Dave Bartlett said...
27 Aug 2007 05:52:00  

While it is theoretically possible for supporters of other parties to skew an open primary, the numbers of the fanatics willing to attempt that are unlikely to be large enough to have a decisive effect.

Open primaries are used sucessfully in some USA states, and they produce less dogmatic candidates as they have to appeal to a broad electorate rather than the party machine. is a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à.r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to