In turning down, for the second time, ‘recognition’ via the honours system, John Edmonds brought into focus the potential virtue of the representative role. At a time when the MP’s role as a representative of their constituents is considered secondary to their responsibility to prop up their party’s leadership it is pertinent to question the purpose of representation.
Let’s get this straight - I’m not a smoker. I’ve quit. However, yesterday’s call from the UK’s chief medical officer, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, urging the Government to introduce a ban on smoking in public places didn’t exactly leave me jumping for joy.
I write to report an error on the number10 website…