Does my right hon. Friend understand that it seems to many of us, as has happened before in these matters, that perhaps he is being asked to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted and to declare his views only when they are too late to be effective? Does not my right hon. Friend agree that this practice contains serious dangers for the effectiveness of Parliamentary democracy?
I trust that the right hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. du Cann) will forgive me if I choose not to follow him in his remarks. The concluding part of them seemed to be a descent on his part to cheap sloganising and fell quite considerably below the standard of some of the other speeches which he has made in the House. I want to confine my remarks to two themes. First, I wish to make some general...
Has the hon. Gentleman noticed that the Government propose to exercise their power to order a ballot only when they think it will produce a result favourable to them? Also, if there is to be a ballot before a strike, does it not follow that it would be logical for the trade union members to ask that there should be a ballot before it finishes as well?
Former MP for Derbyshire South East
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