Jo debates abortion

There was a lively debate between Jo Swinson and Jacob Rees-Mogg concerning abortion on Tuesday’s Daily Politics. Here is a link if you’d like to have a look.

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  • paul holmes 24th May '18 - 4:00pm

    Jo was excellent here. The best performance I have ever seen from her.

    Rees Mogg reminds me of the many times I heard Tony Benn speak -and occasionally debated with him. He has a quiet, understated, all sweetness and light tone until you actually stop to analyse the content of what he is saying. Jo was very good at countering that especially in pointing out the reality of how he votes and of what his views would mean in practice.

  • Malcolm Todd 24th May '18 - 5:56pm

    She was very good, wasn’t she? Definitely one of the best of MPs.
    I’d actually give them both credit for a discussion which stayed civil but really didn’t avoid the contentious points. (JRM may be weird and extreme, but he didn’t dodge direct questions about his views on pregnancy arising from rape, which I think many “pro-lifers” would.)

  • The difference, though, is that on some topics Tony Benn made some sense….

  • Richard Underhill 26th May '18 - 9:10am

    Exit polls in the Irish Republic show a large vote for abolishing amendment 8 to their constitution. Official count starts at 09.00 26/5/2018. This is not the end of the issue.

  • Richard Underhill 26th May '18 - 11:31am

    Policy in Northern Ireland is different from England, Scotland and Wales. David Steel has commented in the past. Unionists usually prefer that their policy should be identical to the UK mainland. This is YET ANOTHER REASON why the devolved Assembly should meet and do their job/s representing their electors, which they have not been doing since the elections of January 2017.

  • Yeovil Yokel 26th May '18 - 7:28pm

    Great news from the land of my ancestors!
    What irks me about JRM’s views is that he can hold his principles at little cost to himself. As a wealthy man he can afford to maintain his burgeoning brood, but he might think differently if he was a poor woman in an abusive relationship.

  • Richard Underhill 27th May '18 - 8:59am

    About two thirds of those who voted decided to repeal the 8th amendment. The Dail should now legislate. Anomalies and details matter.

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