As Shadow Leader of the House, it is my job to challenge the government on its agenda, including what it is doing, and what it is not doing.
A large part of this is the weekly Business Questions, every Thursday morning where I question the Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg. Today was the first Business Questions since July. And there was a lot to ask.
I started by questioning the government’s decision to rush through a vote on the so-called social care plan – which turns out to have little in the way of social care and no plan. Despite the government fanfare, it is just a tax increase, the third tax rise on working families in the last few months.
I also asked about the Covid Inquiry. We urgently need to learn lessons from the pandemic, avoiding a repetition of the last 18 months. When will it be? No useful answer was there.
My third main point was on the government’s hopeless response to the crisis in Afghanistan. If this catalogue of incompetence, callousness and chaos is not enough for a Secretary of State to resign, what is? And when will the Home Secretary brief MPs on the arrangements for refugees?
While these questions may be very different, they share a common theme: the government’s inability to plan for the future and foresee issues before they become crises. If this does not change, we’ll continue to lurch from one crisis to the next indefinitely.