UK Parliament, are members really honourable?
Why do members of the house address each other as right honourable
members of parliament. During the past few weeks I have not heard anything honourable about the majority of them
- Anonymous1 decade agoBest answer
They address backbenchers as "honourable" and ministers, former ministers and privy councillors as "right honourable". Former servicemen are addressed as "honourable and gallant", QCs are referred to as "honourable and learned".
Many have been plain greedy. But a few have been hounded by the press. Such as Sir Menzies Campbell. £10,000 for renovations is hardly "excessive" for a 20 year period. He doesn't own the home, but he must have a second home. Who would make a daily commute from North East Fife to Westminster? That would be absurd, and more expensive.
- ScouseLv 71 decade ago
I think many of the backbenchers are and do their best for those who they represent.
A little point is that all members are addressed as honourable but if they have held a commission in the forces the form of reference is I think Gallant. A Right Honourable is a member of the Privy Council.
You will sometimes hear the Prime Minister offer to brief the Leader of her Majesty's Loyal Opposition on Privy Council terms.
If this happens and he agrees the briefing can not be used in debate and so it is refused normally.
Cabinet Ministers and I think the leader of the opposition are privy councillors and the appointment is normally for life and once a politician is out of government or politics it is an honour only.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
"majority" you say? friend, there isn't a breathing human being among them. & the viral parasite scourge that is UK's blight of politicians are, to the last individual, nothing more than or short of a nest of lying thieving degenerate criminal fraudsters. they should ALL be sacked from their position, tried (as if there's even a need) convicted & (preferably, hung for high treason by theft & fraud) sentenced to lengthy hard time in various jails, AMONG THE GENERAL CRIMINAL POPULATION no worse or different than themselves.
but this shall never happen. their thievery will be whitewashed as "errors & mistakes" it is an honest to god actual uprising that is needed to sort these vermin out. besiege them at their homes (as was done to that thieving vermin banker) trap them within, then burn them, yes, including their families. they all got fat off our honest labour & taxes. they should all pay the price of their treachery, dishonesty, fraud & thievery. maybe then they'd get the message that such cynical & arrogant villainy is completely unacceptable. uk politics is little more than a well protected organised crime syndicate, the police & the judiciary are bought & paid for, justice has not a trace of a chance of being served. such times require civil war to redress the balance.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
All part of a tradition. To call an M.P, "honourable is an oxymoron. M.P, has become a term to describe a money grabbing shyster.
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- 1 decade ago
With all the expenses fiddling going on I would say more dishonourable than honourable.
- LongJohnsLv 71 decade ago
At this moment it does not seem so. The only real answer is the dissolution of the house and a General Election.
- ApolloLv 71 decade ago
Well they are supposed to be, and some are, it's the few who take advantage of the system that pull the rest down with them, we can't tar everyone with the same brush. Thing it their policies, they are all pro-EU, and that's much worse that their petty thievery, as we are paying £40 million per day just to be a member, we have to get out so let's vote for UKIP and get rid of this huge burden, and stop immigration for five year to get ourselves sorted.
- 1 decade ago
Tradition. And no, most of them aren't particularly honourable.
- Veronica AliciaLv 71 decade ago
An historical, courtesy title