Without even a hint of irony, Tory ministers and backbenchers alike yesterday demanded a second vote on something that had been voted on during the previous day’s business in the House of Commons; a vote wherein they didn’t get the result they wanted. Nevertheless they made their demand despite knowing full well that it was against normal parliamentary process and precedent.
On Saturday Boris Johnson, and not for the first time, had tried to pull a fast one on the House of Commons and British people, but MPs spotted what he was up to and forced him to accept an amendment to his bill which he then wasn’t too best pleased about.
However, and displaying more front than Selfridges, as soon as it was clear the PM had lost his eighth consecutive vote in the chamber, one of his claque of boot-licking yessmen, a man himself who vehemently and continually denounces repeated calls for a people’s vote on the result of the 2016 European Referendum as undemocratic, stood up and had the cheek to ask for a second vote. This request was subsequently refused by The Speaker yesterday.
Backbencher Sir Myles Uffington immediately denounced the Speaker’s judgement as ‘jolly well unfair’ ‘not cricket old man’ and ‘showing bias towards the overwhelming majority of MPs who had won Saturday’s vote.’
In remarks addressed directly to The Speaker he said: ‘To pander to what is quite clearly the will of the majority of Parliament, when we, that is to say those clearly in the minority who lost and want something entirely different is shameful. And, with all due respect, Mr Speaker, if you weren’t leaving your post at the end of the month we’d have you thrown out because we’re bad losers. So there!’
Meanwhile many delighted remainers called across the benches: ‘You lost, get over it!’ and a lipreader later suggested the Speaker had answered Sir Myles with a soto voce: ‘Yeah? Whatever, pal.’