Mr Monkey rarely comments on the national political scene but this incident caught his eye.
Labour MP John McDonnell who represents Hayes and Harlington has been barred from the House of Commons for five days after angry exchanges over the decision to approve a new Heathrow runway.
Apparently the MP was outraged by the government’s decision not to hold a vote on the proposed runway at Heathrow and branded the decision a “national disgrace”.
He literally took matters into his own hands during a statement by Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon on Heathrow. He left his seat, grabbed the ceremonial mace which represents the royal authority of Parliament and put it down on an empty bench on the Labour side of the House. While doing so, he shouted: “It’s a disgrace to the democracy of this country.”
Anyone manhandling the mace is considered in contempt of Parliament and Mr McDonnell was immediately “named” by the deputy speaker of the House, a move which effectively barred the MP from the House for five days.
Mr McDonnell, whose constituency includes Heathrow airport, then left the chamber.
Later he refused to apologise for his actions and claimed he was representing his constituents and their rights to have their voices heard. By doing what he did, he said he was asserting the values of “democracy and the sovereignty of Parliament” stemming back “to the days of Cromwell”.
“This is about asserting the right of MPs to decide the policies of this country and not having them bulldozed through without a vote in the House of Commons.”
This chimp applauds Mr McDonnell for standing up for his principles but reckons that he should have seen the bulldozer coming a decade ago.