ref date:24 Jan 2000 (WBA)
Dennis Canavan - once Labour now a free thinker
Dennis Canavan was drummed out of the Labour party as Tony Blair and Donald Dewar wanted NOTHING but yes-men and Dennis had the pride and guts to say he was elected
to serve his constituents and NOT the London party machine.
He (Dennis) now contends that the party whip system whereby Labour and Liberals
alike are TOLD to do what the party wants, and to go against the wishes of the
people who elected them is very wrong, and that it ought to be removed from the
"Unfortunately, most of the business in the
Scottish Parliament is on Whipped votes and so
far virtually all MSPs seem to toe the party line.
What the Parliament needs is a good rebellion to
liven things up and prove that MSPs are not just
"When people vote at the ballot box at a
parliamentary election, they are electing their
representatives. If the representatives of the
people then take all their orders from the party
bosses, the quality of representation is
diminished and democracy itself is threatened.
The people of Scotland deserve better from the
Scottish Parliament. "
Dennis would make a good 'first minister' to replace Londons yes-man