So, all weekend Jim has been pointing out that when he is first minister (a big question mark over that given that he's not even an MSP), he will not allow fracking in this country. (OK, you could split hairs and point out that the first minister can only propose policy, not insist on it, but in fairness to Jim, he knows that the Liberal(s), Greens, SNP would vote with him, as would the SSP should they have any MSPs by that time.)
Given then, that commitment to a frack free Scotland, why did he fail to turn up to vote for the power to stop fracking to be devolved?
At present, as I understand the situation, the Scottish government has powers over planning consent, and withholding that from fracking companies might mean delays to their plans. But any planning refusals could be, and might well be, overturned by the Westminster government on the basis that they were being maliciously employed in an attempt to circumvent UK law reserved to Westminster.
In short this power must be devolved to Scotland. If not Jim can huff and puff, but he won't be blowing any houses down if the power stays at Westminster. (This might be convenient to him of course ... I'd do it if I had the power!)
Jim controls all Scottish Labour MPs ... They are nothing to do with Miliband, because Jim is NOT a branch office supervisor like Jola was. Oh no, Sir. He's the real deal. Miliband's equal.
Of course we know that Jim was too busy today to bother turning up at his place of work to do his job and vote for a policy proposed by one of his own minions, that would give the power over fracking to the Scottish parliament. But why did he not instruct his own MPs, the ones who report directly to him remember, to vote in favour?
Jim incidentally was too busy to go to London and vote because he was engaged in a game of Keepy-Uppy whilst attired once again in shorts. (I feel it might be appropriate at this point to bring to the attention of the press office at Scottish Labour, that whilst some politicians half dressed and showing off their legs, might well be considered to be an asset to their party, Jim is not among their number. I've seen better legs on a chicken.
As one lady I overheard today (a Labour supporter too) said :"LESS ...LESS!"
|This of course is another possibility. |
While Jim was away maybe Miliband got his whips out.
Don't want to go upsetting big money like that.
|You have to ask yourself what they are for these Labour politicians.|
|See what I mean?|
Seriously he's no bonny with his clothes on, but
half naked? Jeeeeeeez.
|Well, our policy will be one of the above... whichever one will|
buy us the most votes at the time.
Fracking isn't the only thing they get mixed up about.
|Oh no, his pants are on fire.|
Maybe that's why he's always showing up in shorts.