Should MPs be whipped when they vote on alcohol laws?
There are good reasons for whipping MPs on most matters.
List MPs are there because people voted for their parties not them as individuals. Good electorate MPs will gain some votes in spite of their parties, but the foundation for their support is still the party under whose colours they stand.
However, there are some matters which don’t comfortably fall along party lines, where democracy is better served if MPs are free to vote was they wish, guided by their personal rather than political beliefs.
One example of an issue best left to MPs’ consciences is tobacco. This heartfelt post by Chris Tremain on his father’s death shows why.