We all know MPs acting as chairpeople on special committees steering through law have to be impartial, don’t we? DON’T WE?!! Well, the man with his hands on gay marriage has been offering clues to his partiality in the issue.
South West Devon’s MP Gary Streeter is chairing the gay marriage bill, and is therefore ‘not permitted to express a partisan view’.
Yet, that doesn’t stop him from offering a ‘clue’.
On the subject of gay marriage, Gary said: “I do not support making major legislative changes unless they are set out in advance in manifestos.”
(Not so oddly, Gary doesn’t have the same trepidation to reneging on manifesto promises, such as the Tory-led destruction of the NHS, which, when he was pressed on the matter, he basically told PRSD buddy Luke Pollard to go back to work!)
Unsurprisingly, one of the eagle-eyed online conversationalist pulled him up on his comments, that even though Gary, as a responsible politician in a position of responsibility in charge of seeing through legislation from an impartial point of view, the fact that he was offering a ‘clue’, Gary was clearly making his views known.
And as you would expect from a seasoned and responsible politician, his retort was to quote a TV show, and that much-loved character Francis Urquhart: ”You may say that, but I could not possibly comment.”