This is an appalling state of affairs. Simply appalling.
Further, via comments over at Justin’s, we find that Early Day Motion 2057 has been taken offline!
Google has a cache of the removed page here. Please note that – despite her lip-flapping – my MP did NOT sign it (at least, not before 19 Oct).
In fact, it appears that only 31 MPs have agreed to the following:
EDM 2057: That this House recognises the courage of Iraqis who have worked alongside British troops and diplomats in Southern Iraq, often saving British lives; notes that many such Iraqis have been targeted for murder by Iraqi militias in Basra, and that an unknown number have already been killed, whilst many others are in hiding; further recognises that many Iraqis who have worked for fewer than 12 months for the UK are threatened by death squads; and therefore calls upon the Prime Minister to meet the UK’s moral obligations by offering resettlement to all Iraqis who are threatened with death for the ‘crime’ of helping British troops and diplomats.
[That list of signatories for your reference: Lynne Featherstone, Peter Bottomley, David Drew, Andrew George, Stephen Williams, John McDonnell, John Pugh, Robert Smith, Paul Holmes, Jeremy Corbyn, David Taylor, David Anderson, Dai Davies, Elfyn Llwyd, Mark Oaten, Derek Conway, Bill Etherington, Hywel Francis, Edward Vaizey, Greg Mulholland, Nick Harvey, Alistair Carmichael, Katy Clark, Angus MacNeil, Paul Rowen, Dr William McCrea, Paul Flynn, John Austin, AJ Beith, Lorely Burt, Jenny Willott.]
Meanwhile, Miliboy revels in his family’s ‘refugees from the Nazis’ status in one breath and totally disregards it in another.
Just what does it take?!
UPDATE – Read this comment over at Miliboy’s weblog. It’ll breaking your fucking heart… if you have one.
UPDATE – For those who came in late… Bloggerheads – Brown’s government delivers the bare minimum at the last minute
UPDATE – I brought this to Lynne Featherstone’s attention and have been informed by her office (following an inquiry to the Table Office) that the EDM’s removal is “a technical problem that is in the process of being fixed.” So I would hope that from tomorrow at least I can at least take a fresh look at the list and see who gives a damn.
UPDATE (3:52pm) – Early Day Motion 2057 is back online. No, my MP still hasn’t signed it. It would appear that I failed in my mission to convey a sense of urgency.