Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill to be amended
This, hopefully, will be the end of this goddamn dangerous, stupid, ignorant, idiotic nonsense that's been the bane of my life for the last two years. Lord Maurice Saatchi may well resurrect his original version in the Lords, but not if he's sensible. But not being sensible seems to be his forte and if it wasn't for his stubbornness and complete inability to actually listen and comprehend what he's been told, we (that is myself, Andy Lewis, several lawyers (including a QC), professors of law and medicine, doctors and others) wouldn't have had to spend so much of our spare time (And about £100 of our own money) on this, continually having to repeat ourselves because the Bill's supporters and PR team (yes, the Bill had a PR team and The Telegraph as it's media partner) were either unwilling or incapable of understanding simple concepts such as evidence and were so egotistical and single-mindedly stubborn that they preferred their own reality over the, you know, actual one we all inhabit.
My 'faith' in the democracy of both houses has been severely dented - if not utterly destroyed - by the piss-poor standard of debate and the political manoeuvrings over this - not to mention the outright falsehoods...
Thank you for listening to my rant... </rant>
Having said that, there's a saying about things ending and a female singer... so I won't be celebrating yet. The Report stage is next Friday (29th).
...and... the amendments to delete clauses 3 and 4
have just been published. Such amendments are always accepted and agreed, so this look likes the end of the nasty clauses. There still remains, however, the unnecessary and potentially dangerous database provisions - and, of course, Saatchi's original Bill in the HoL.