Mike puts his foot down over Europe… and lifts up the other one…

July 3, 2012

Mike “hanging out with Alice Cooper”. We’re not worthy.

The hard-rocking squatter-hating “From the Real 99%” MP for Hove, Mike Weatherley, still seems in a state of some confusion about what he actually thinks about Europe. In a characteristic display of bluster and hyperbole, he’s just pasted an assertion on his blog that he’s been “constantly arguing for the need to hold a referendum”, and that he “joined 80 Conservative colleagues in voting in favour of a referendum in a debate that followed a petition that was signed by over 100,000 people.”

What he doesn’t mention is that as well as voting in favour of a referendum, he also, um, voted against. Here’s the full list of names from Hansard. This is known as “active abstaining”, showing that he bothered to show up in the House of Commons, but cancelled out his own vote by scuttling through both lobbies. So presumably alongside his letter to the Prime Minister demanding a referendum, he’s also sent him a text saying that actually he wouldn’t mind if there wasn’t one after all. His blog claims “At the last general election I promised to support a referendum.” Surely there are more forceful ways of keeping your promise to the good people of Hove than, um, not actually voting for a referendum?

At the time of the last referendum vote, his staff of “terrifying neo-cons” were all of a twitter about how the People’s Mike was going to stick two fingers up at those pesky Europeans. Sadly, it looks like he could only muster one and a half.

This isn’t the first time Mike hasn’t checked his facts – perhaps his staff should do a bit less sabre-rattling on twitter and a little more research…

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