Who has had the last laugh?

It was interesting watching the response of Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party to their win in Oldham this week.

There was no crowing about their success.

He pointed out that they had made tax credits their main issue, had fielded a strong local candidate and although, yes, this was a safe seat, there was none of the falling away of the majority others had predicted.

Opposition parties had said this would be a referendum on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

Whatever you may think of Jeremy Corbyn, it seems, to some, that he may, in some ways, herald a new style of politician, who listens to the voice of the people.

He also answers questions directly and does not see the need to press home his point in a tedious and aggressive manner and MPs of all political persuasions could take note.

Well time will tell, as it’s early days yet.

But one should also applaud the fact he gave his MPs a free vote over the bombing of Syria, telling them to consult the people in their constituencies and then vote. A pity other parties do not follow this lead at both a local and a national level so MPs and local councillors can avoid looking like nodding dogs when it comes to a vote.

How consulted do you feel over national and local issues?

Do you feel there is any point in taking part in consultations at a local level because you feel your views are not taken into account?

Are you filled with disbelief at the unruly behaviour of our parliament at points?

I wonder if governments in other countries behave in a similar fashion or think they have tuned into a spoof drama when they see our House of Commons in action.

Do they set an example to our children?

One thing I agree with Nigel Farage about is the need to closely monitor postal votes and I also think MPs expenses need to come under much closer scrutiny.

But, for the moment, I would say Jeremy Corbyn has had the last laugh.

Carole Woodland

Cooden Drive


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