I'd like to start off by thanking you all for your efforts and contributions last week. It was the busiest week we've had so far this year and was quite possibly the busiest week of this session. You've debated foreign affairs, trains, education policy and gun control amongst other things and it's encouraging to see a number of items running into several pages of debate. It's even more encouraging to see outsiders taking part in our debates and even starting their own petitions. This is something we need to encourage and welcome if we want the Model House of Commons to remain active in the long term. Throughout the week I've been saying that a little bit of effort from each party can make a big difference to the forum, and I think we've seen this in action.
So, to the results:
TSR Liberal Democrats: Motions: 2, Bills: 0
TSR Labour: Motions: 0, Bills: 0
TSR Conservative & Unionist: Motions 0, Bills 2
TSR Libertarian: Motions 0, Bills: 1
TSR UKIP: Motions 0, Bills: 1
TSR Socialist: Motions 0, Bills 0.
As you can see from the results, we actually got more bills than motions, which is fantastic! I think the key test will be whether we can keep this up for another week. Let's aim to keep the motions coming in and the debate going. TSR Labour have improved on last weeks result by submitting a bill tonight, so let's hope the Socialists do better as well!
I applaud the left for it's acknowledgement that the government is already so far entrenched into every aspect of private life that there's little more than they can do. They've looked upon our economy, seen that growth is stagnated, unemployment is high, competitiveness is low and our prospects poor. They wryly smile, give a deep sigh of relief, and pat themselves on the back for a job well done.
As suggested, I've started a league table showing your performance, so you'll all be able to see how well your party is doing against the others. February was a part month, so I'll run this through to the end of March and reset the totals monthly.
Bills get 2 points and motions get 1 point.
So congratulations are in order for the TSR Conservative & Unionist party who have been working very hard to submit motions and bills to the House. The other parties have got some catching up to do, especially the Socialists, who unfortunately haven't submitted anything!
Let's see how many motions and bills you guys can get out this week, and we'll see if any of you have luck closing in on the Tories!
Remember, the challenge is to submit 1 bill a month and 1 motion a week, though obviously the more bills you submit, the higher your party will rise up the league table and the better it would be for the House! As I always say, a little effort from each party makes a big difference to the Model House of Commons. We saw this in action a couple of weeks ago and there's no reason why we can't see this again.
If there are ideas floating about the sub-forums, let's see if these can be developed into motions and bills that can be submitted to me. And if there aren't ideas floating about, inspiration for motions and bills can come from anywhere. They can come from current affairs, or issues that you think can be addressed through motions and bills. Just flicking through a newspaper provides numerous opportunities!
For those of you who aren't MPs, we've opened up the House to allow non-MPs to submit petitions and if you'd like to find out more about that, click here.
He said there wasn't enough scope for debate, which is fair enough; I'm not moaning at Metro for it. I'm just pointing out that we do have ideas floating around and these results aren't an accurate measure of party activity overall.
The motion was concerning the IRA finally taking responsibility for killing a school boy some years ago; which they had previously blamed on The British Army.
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"step up" is a compound verb, up isn't treated like a normal preposition. Admittedly, I split it, which is somewhat scruffy, but not wrong per se.
A compound verb, made up of verb + preposition. So a phrasal/prepositional verb. Up is still a preposition and shouldn't 'hang'. Anyway, I was being picky, and joking I don't really think there is a 'right and wrong' set of rules to english.