Lib Dem MP Andrew George has said that the bedroom tax is "absurd and will split communities and give taxpayers bigger bills" despite failing to show up when there was an attempt to block the new tax during an Opposition Day vote on the 27th February. He then went on to outline all the other problems with the bedroom tax that had already been discussed before the tax was introduced. It was as if he was living in a cave during the initial debate over the tax and had failed to notice the debate.
The bedroom tax was voted through during the Opposition Day vote on Feb 27th with a majority of 41 but could easily have been defeated if 44 Labour MPs' and 34 Lib Dem MPs' hadn't been 'absent'. A few will have been seriously ill or otherwise engaged but not 78 of them. Only 39.3% of Lib Dems bothered to turn up for the vote.
Oh and guess what....the total number of MPs' absent was 155 (inc tiny squeaker) so you can see how our 'democracy' works. Around 77 MPs' on each 'side' of the fake parliament were 'absent'. We have a democracy by text from the whips office telling the 'honourable members' whether they were an 'absent', an 'aye' or a 'nae' with all the numbers carefully worked out in advance.
Andrew did manage to tweet and speak about 'saving the whales' on the day of the vote so he wasn't too bored on the day he stayed away.
We're all used to the broken pledges and hypocrisy of the Lib Dems although I'm in agreement with him about the whales. Just a pity about our poor people though.