Engaging with the public (not)

Brandon Lewis, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth, put the following up on twitter:

“@BrandonLewis Labour always seem to forget, council tax is not their money, not govt money but is the money of hard working council tax payers.”

I responded to this by tweeting:

“@BrandonLewis And the Tories are different? Since all taxation is the money of hard working families shudn’t they decide on what it is spent?”

Following that question with another:

“@BrandonLewis Hows about adoption of the 6 Demands? >>> bit.ly/TuuIxJ No? Thought not! #HarrogateAgenda”

Almost two hours later, acknowledgement and/or response is most noticeable by their absence. Have not our political class cried ‘crocodile tears’ about the fact the public do not participate in politics? What is the point of so doing if politicians then ignore, what for them, may be difficult questions?

This is not the first occasion that a Member of Parliament or MEP has chosen to ignore a question from me posed on twitter (Hannan and Carswell are immediate examples that spring to mind and both accused me of being discourteous – me, discourteous?). At least David Cameron had a modicum of courtesy in writing to inform me that he flatly refused to answer any more correspondence on ‘matters outstanding’.

Brandon Lewis is obviously in good company when it comes to ignoring members of the public and in his case his selection for the constituency he represents was a stroke of genius by his party. In order to explain that assertion it becomes ‘Strictly’ incumbent on me to quote Darcey Bussell (for the final word) as where Brandon Lewis and the throwing out of statements and then ignoring comment on them: he has a great mouth, yar?


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4 Responses

  1. james Higham says:

    At least David Cameron had a modicum of courtesy in writing to inform me that he flatly refused to answer any more correspondence on ‘matters outstanding’.

    David, you’re so difficult! Can’t you just let them get on with the good work of enslaving us?

  2. IanPJ says:

    It reminds me of the old saying…

    “Never argue with an idiot, you only reduce the conversation to their level”.

    • david says:

      True – but at the same time idiots must not be allowed to open their big mouths when they have nothing concrete to say, purely to make an ill-founded political point.

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