Almost a fifth of MPs have suffered mental health problems at some time, a survey suggests.I wonder: are they laying the groundwork for a ‘get out of jail free’ card for Gordon, should one of his enemies come up with a foolproof plan…?
The report criticises the law forcing MPs to give up their seats for life if they are sectioned for six months under the Mental Health Act.
You do have to wonder just how stupid some MPs are (if not certifiably bonkers) when they come up with drivel like this:
Joint chairman Sandra Gidley said work on "challenging stigma" was needed. Some 94 MPs took part in the survey.Well, Sandra sweetie, that’s because there is a big difference between breaking your hip chasing your secretary round the desk in your plush office, and pulling your underpants over your head, sticking two pencils up your nose and running naked into the street proclaiming yourself the Son of God.
One in three of them said colleagues' attitudes and the possibility of a hostile media reaction prevented openness about mental health issues.
If an MP is physically incapable of working for six months they would not have to stand down, whereas those sectioned for the same period would.
Although, it might explain some of the recent policy problems plaguing the Labour Party…