T.R.O.Y. wrote:Yes makes sense on the scammer point Sluffy. Thanks for digging out that link.
Select committees are an important part of the democratic process in this country, it’s all part of policy. The problem with bypassing these until it’s all over is that by then it’s too late and given the importance of the current issue that’s a risk not worth taking.
It's this bit from your earlier quote I was responding to.
get involved at all in policy formulation.
Tbh I don't really understand what you were even attempting to say in that sentence but I just wanted to make clear that SC's aren't policy forming vehicles.
They can scrutinise proposed legislation and make recommendations which the government has to respond to/even accept and incorporate it in the bills - but the timescales for doing so are such as to be completely impractical in fast moving events such as what we are currently in.
For instance no SC's have been set up to scrutinise the issue of PPE - no doubt once all this has finished there WILL be an inquiry into such things and I would imagine it would be at a higher level than just the relevant select committee.
As for SC's they are designed as such to prevent political game playing as they are comprised based on political party numbers at Parliament, so that any SC will be weighted in favour of the government of the day and if need be the majority view of the SC could be voted upon along party lines with the 'government's' own MP's on the committee always holding a majority and winning the vote. To be fair I don't believe even that takes place and SC's are well intentioned irrespective of what members of the SC's individual politics are.
To be honest it is a long time ago that I was required to study the workings of democracy at Parliament but I believe what I'm saying above is all still current.
As for point scoring, there were clearly plenty comments raised by the media initially over the move from 'herd immunity' to 'containment' and also PPE issues but it seems to me that they've now understood that that continually banging on about it can't actually change anything and that no doubt these things will be looked into once all this is over.
I don't doubt SC's are still convened at working currently but I'd be very surprised if any SC is looking into the issues around coronavirus right now, which is being led by Medical Advise and not a political agenda anyway.
As I keep saying the time for scrutinising how all this has been handled will no doubt be dealt with by a public inquiry once the virus is beaten.