PENARTH MP DOUGHTY TICKED-OFF BY MINISTER FOR TEXTING

Stephen Doughty was accused of "texting" on his mobile phone during the committee meeting

Stephen Doughty (right) was accused of “texting” on his mobile phone during the committee meeting

Stephen Doughty the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth – who was told-off  by the Deputy Speaker last week for his conduct in a House of Commons debate – has now been criticised by a Government Minister in a committee hearing.

Doughty had arrived late for a meeting of the Public Bill Committee which was discussing the Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill – but had an excuse ready: he told the committee “I apologise for my late arrival. I was hosting a general from the British Army.

Stephen Doughty (Labour Cardiff South and Penarth) questions Rory

Stephen Doughty (Labour Cardiff South and Penarth) questions the  Minister for International Development Rory Stewart

Doughty then went on to ask the Minister of State for International Development, Rory Stewart, about a request that the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) had made to the UK Government for £735,000,000. [the CDC is a Government “arm’s-length” public corporation which provides Government and investor financial assistance to help companies in poorer countries expand – thus helping to alleviate poverty.]

The Minister Rory Stewart and Diana Noble the CDC Chief Executive painstakingly explained the procedure for assessing investments and evaluating the recipients of the UK taxpayers’ cash.  Whilst he was talking however, it appeared to some that Stephen Doughty was busy texting somebody.

Rory Stewart explained that the priority of the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) was to not to lose money while doing good, –  so we are focused on jobs and economic development without losing money. That is the guiding principle that CDC follows in everything it does.” . The operating principles of the CDC however, appeared not to be favoured by Doughty – who interjected to say It’s not poverty—?”

International Development Minister Rory Stewart snapped back at Stephen Doughty accusinig him of not only "texting" but also

International Development Minister Rory Stewart snapped back at Stephen Doughty accusing him of not only “texting” but also attempting to make an “unorthodox”  and unacceptable distinction between economic development, job-creation and poverty alleviation.

This provoked the minister, Rory Stewart, to respond with a stinging rebuke.

He said I am sorry; there was a strange comment coming from Mr Doughty who, when he is not texting, throws things from the chair. We believe very strongly that economic development and job creation are absolutely core activities in the elimination of poverty. The distinction that Mr Doughty is trying to draw between economic development, job creation and poverty alleviation is extremely unorthodox and it is not one that the chief economist of our Department, or indeed any of the officials of our Department, would accept” .

[PDN Note:  In  Civil Service-speak , the term “unorthodox” can be taken to mean “bonkers”  ]

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14 Responses to PENARTH MP DOUGHTY TICKED-OFF BY MINISTER FOR TEXTING

  1. Peter Church says:

    I notice that he can’t be bothered to attend PMQs today.
    Other MP’s ask questions relating to their constituents, Stephen instead has his own agenda.

    “Mr Doughty is trying to draw between economic development, job creation and poverty alleviation is extremely unorthodox and it is not one that the chief economist of our Department, or indeed any of the officials of our Department, would accept”
    Maybe because he doesn’t have a clue about economics!

    • LJS says:

      I think our ‘Tubby’ is more interested in ‘home’ economics, cakes, pies and pasties…

      • June says:

        That is extremely rude

      • Margaret says:

        Please don’t post comments like this. They are offensive and rude.

      • April says:

        I don’t think commenting on someones weight is necessarily rude.
        We now live in a ultra PC society where we let people walk around in public with their faces completely covered and pretend not to be concerned or even to notice?

  2. Ian Perry says:

    Quote, Rory Stewart MP: “The distinction that Mr Doughty is trying to draw between economic development, job creation and poverty alleviation is extremely unorthodox and it is not one that the chief economist of our Department, or indeed any of the officials of our Department, would accept”

    Here is the problem with this statement. It’s intolerant of other world views. The arrogance of believing one view to be correct and view of another to be wrong is why the UK has such high levles of poverty, and inequality.

    Rory Stewart MP makes this statement, without providing any evidence that any of the officials in his department disagree with Doughty. He speaks for them without consultation. Mr Stewart is very well education, having attended Eton and Oxford and is a Fellow and Professor at Harvard University… His home resembles a palace in size. Is he just defending the status quo?

    The current economic models that we’ve imposed on countries “further behind” in their development are not necessarily the best – and it’s arrogant for us to believe that we’ve done a wonderful job for these countries – especially given the economic and social problems that exist in what we call the “developed world”.

  3. He is a joke and an embarrasment we saw during the recent leadership elections that this man was all over the place Supported one of the other losing candidates then switched to Owen Smith another loser , if anyone was in it just as a cushy number this is an example , not that he is alone in that.

  4. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Is it just me or do a large proportion of Mr Doughty’s questions and parliamentary comments revolve around the giving away of our hard earned tax take to other countries whilst he and his labour party colleagues wail and whine about food banks and cash cuts in the UK?

  5. Frank Evans says:

    Mmmm food bank…yum yum.
    Am I limited in what I can eat or do I have any liability for it? I am still confused!!

  6. Ian Perry says:

    What Kevin fails to understand is that the super-rich are getting ever richer because too many are more concerned with keeping money away from the very poorest, whilst thinking nothing about the unearned income that the richest receive from government expenditure of tax payers money.

    The money we use to try to make the world a better place is pretty insignificant compared to the money that the super-rich receive in unearned income as a benefit of government expenditure.

  7. Ian Perry says:

    In the photograph used above, three people can be seen with what appear to be mobile phones in their hands…

  8. Ian Perry says:

    The UK has a £12.2bn Aid Budget. The UK government (not including devolved parliament and councils) spends huge sums (£57bn in 2009-10, and £42bn in 2013-14) on “infrastructure” – schools, hospitals, roads, etc.
    (National Audit Office)

    Whilst many benefit from these improvements, there is one group, who often unnoticed, benefit from government spending on infrastructure. Improved schools are more attractive, and house prices rise…

    Landowners benefit when the government spends money on infrastructure.

    Transport for London (TfL) found that when the Jubilee Line extension opened in 2014, property values around stations had increased, by:

    – £2billion around Canary Wharf Underground station;
    – £800million around Southwark Underground station.

    The cost of the Jubilee Line extension to the tax payer was £3.5bn

    This single project transferred billions of pounds from the government/tax payer, to a few wealthy individuals, families, trusts and companies owning land in London – and some of these beneficiaries are based overseas.

    Politicians like Kevin Mahony, who resent money being used to help the poorest on our planet, do not say a word when the most wealthy on the planet profit from those struggling to pay their rent, and bills and buy food after paying tax…

    Wealthy landlords also raise rents when infrastructure improvements are made from the taxes of their tenants…

    This is Post-Truth Britain, where the loudest are heard and the best minds are ignored or vilified, the wealthy super-rich control the minds of the masses through their newspapers that print half truths, outright lies and anything that ensures the wealthiest get ever richer, and the intelligent, who would create a more equitable society, are crushed.

    Sources:
    TfL – Jubilee line raises land value by estimated £2.8billion at Canary Wharf and Southwark Tube stations: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2004/july/jubilee-line-raises-land-value-by-estimated-andpound28billion-at-canary-wharf-and-southwark-tube-stations

    BBC – Jubilee Line finally opens: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/529006.stm

    Financial Times – Infrastructure spending falls at least £15bn from peak: https://www.ft.com/content/5652c79c-ccae-11e4-b94f-00144feab7de

  9. RetailGuru says:

    He’s not alone, I see that a huge number of MPs now use their phones during debates and meetings. Shouldn’t be allowed, how can they concentrate and actively participate if they’re posting on Twitter or texting .Seriously though, this wouldn’t be permitted in industry, so why are they any different?

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