Let MPs vote their own way

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Tom Lambe

HAV­ING read the daily pa­pers, as I do ev­ery day, I am com­ing to the con­clu­sion that there are very few, if any, hon­est po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

From the ar­ti­cles I have read al­most, all par­ties are pro­hibit­ing their MPs from vot­ing with their con­science.

I do un­der­stand that in some cases the par­ties wish their MPs to vote with the party, but surely ev­ery­body is en­ti­tled to vote with their con­science when they be­lieve there is a con­flict be­tween the MPs’ con­science and the party line?

The only regime I can re­call that in­sisted that all MPs voted with the party was the USSR, which no longer exists! Is it not time that South Africa ac­cepted a lit­tle hon­esty and al­lowed all MPs, of all par­ties, to en­gage in all votes with their con­science? Oak­dene

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