Dead souls

We’re on a late one tonight… not sure how long it’s going to run, but have decided to devote the next hour or two to tackling emails, and then might head into the Chamber to see how it’s shaping up. I was thinking of speaking in the debate, but we have three more days of Finance Bill debates next week, and more the week after, so I think I’ll have plenty of opportunity. (Stephen Williams, former tax inspector I believe, has just made an intervention on a techy point about VAT).

Today is the Second Reading so MPs can make very broad-ranging speeches, so long as it’s roughly in the same ballpark. Next week will be Committee stage so it’s more about individual measures, including the cut in corporation tax, the rise in capital gains tax and of course the rise in VAT which I suspect will occupy the honourable members for quite some time. And then when it gets to Third Reading we can only talk about what’s actually in the Bill, not what should be in it.

Your sympathies should be with the poor folk who have drawn the adjournment debate for tonight and for the close of evening debates next week. They might find they’re delivering them at four in the morning and will have to be on standby all night. As will the civil servants who have to sit in the box during the debate, ready to advise the Minister if a difficult point is made.

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  • Kelvin Blake  On July 6, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    The joy of our modern democracy! Give them hell over the VAT increase. How the hell the Lib Dems can look their constituents in face is just beyond belief! They are going to be wiped out at the next General Election.

  • S McG  On July 7, 2010 at 7:53 am

    @kelvin -you would have preferered another £13bn of cuts?

  • dreamingspire  On July 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I thought Stephen billed himself as previously a Tax Accountant, but you seem to suggest that he used to be taking the Queen’s many shillings in his former life as he prepared for this one.

  • kerrymccarthy  On July 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    He may have been an accountant… I thought he actually worked for Customs & Excise at one point, but could be wrong.

  • The ShamBall  On July 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    @A McG – I didn’t realise those were the only two options.

  • VernaX  On July 13, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Those ‘poor folk’ couldn’t possibly have been enjoying a taxpayer subsidised late night jolly could they?

    Extra expenses for late night debate + subsidised alchohol at the commons bar..

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