WE’RE voting on the Tory amendment to the programme motion right now. Highlight of the short debate so far was a disgraceful attempt by David T. C. Davies, the Welsh Tory, to grab some publicity on the back of Bob Spink’s excellent contribution.
Having recently deserted the Tories for UKIP, Bob was speaking from his usual place on the furthest back bench between the likeable Brian Binley (Con) and Davies. Bob was valiantly defending the right of the police to carry out investigations without political interference – a stance fiercely opposed by his former party. Brian started mugging for the chamber and expressing his disagreement by (physically) brushing off Bob’s comments, dismissing them with an ostentatious wave of his hand. Inevitably, Davies felt he had to get in on the act and physically grabbed Bob’s elbow to indicate his view that perhaps his former colleague should be speaking from the Labour benches.
Amazingly, he managed to get away with this behaviour and was not expelled from the Chamber; physically interfering in another member’s contribution is (or should be) utterly unacceptable.
I suspect, though, that TC was simply allowing the atmosphere to get to him. No excuse for that behaviour, mind you, and has undoubtedly reminded onlookers why he is not destined for front bench duties in the near future.