Now Brexit risks Britain’s access to vital medication...
For every Member of Parliament💬, their first duty of public service is to do what is believed to be “right and necessary for the honour and safety of Great Britain.” A rosy and romantic notion, but looking at the current state of the country, will open your eyes to the fact that it’s a duty that’s gone wayside.
Duties of a Member of Parliament.
“Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion... Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests, which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates; but parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole. You choose a member indeed; but when you have chosen him, he is not member of Bristol, but he is a member of parliament.”
Edmund Burke’s Speech to the Electors of Bristol, 3 November 1774.
“The first duty of a member of Parliament is to do what he thinks in his faithful and disinterested judgement is right and necessary for the honour and safety of Great Britain. His second duty is to his constituents, of whom he is the representative but not the delegate. Burke’s famous declaration on this subject is well known. It is only in the third place that his duty to party organization or programme takes rank. All these three loyalties should be observed, but there in no doubt of the order in which they stand under any healthy manifestation of democracy.”
Sir Winston Churchill on the Duties of a Member of Parliament.
The threat of Brexit is fracturing industries in the most unsettling way, with our economy stumbling and confidence in the UK wavering. But every day we continue to wake up to warnings on the impact of Brexit, and as everyone else in the UK begins to sweat over our where we’re heading, there’s still no clear word from Downing Street on our Brexit deal.
Today’s barrage of concern comes from the Pharmaceutical industry, highlighting a no deal between both sides would be detrimental to citizens in the UK.
Quite simply, the ill and vulnerable in the UK won’t be able to get the medicine they need from a sector which is heavily reliant on friction-free border movement of medicine.
Not only would a distant relationship with the EU threaten and endanger millions of lives in the UK who are in need of swift healthcare, but without a suitable agreement, the Government would also be turning its back on £11.9bn of worth of exports to the economy, as well as significantly impact the cost of drugs imported in from the EU.
It’s this kind of news that you’d hope would force a paradigm shift in Government’s behaviour. You’d pray it would wake Members of Parliament up to the fact that their number one duty is meant to be to protecting the honour and safety of Great Britain. But if the Government have already ignored the whimpering’s of industry experts across the automotive, tech and creative industries – it leads me to question...
How bad do things need to get, before the duties of protection are enforced?🔷
(This piece was originally published on The Pimlico Plumbers blog.)