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The death of democracy

As readers will be aware I have been in lengthy correspondence with my Member of Parliament on a number of issues ranging from Sheltered Housing to the actions of Children’s Social Services. I have today received the following letter from my Member of Parliament:

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The email to which David Cameron refers can be read here and, as can be seen, not only lists what I consider to be outstanding matters but also includes a question about his ability to represent me in Parliament.

If nothing else, at least the above letter lays out in black and white the “regime” under which we live (actually those readers who have ever received a letter from their Member of Parliament will know that it is black and yellow – the connotation of the latter colour being a factor on which I could not possibly comment further).

When a Member of Parliament can decide not to respond to, or ignore, what are legitimate questions from a constituent regarding the governance of this country – either because he/she is unable so to do or because so to do would open a “can of worms” which would be to his/her detriment, then any pretence to democracy in this country is well and truly dead.

15 Responses

  1. BulloPill says:

    My MP – not so far from Witney – and I were in correspondence for a while on a number of matters. When I got fed up with the evasive non-answers I was getting, which really were just a standard trotting-out of the party line, (example: David Cameron has a robust policy on the EU) I sent an email saying that I felt my points were being ignored. I got a reply by email telling me that my communication was offensive, followed-up by a fairly long letter which, amongst other points, said that the MP found my email offensive and that I should stop being so cynical about MPs. Absolutely maddening and typical of the lofty disdain in which constituents are held by MPs, I’m afraid.

    • david says:

      Well if I get such a letter it will of course be published. The more comments of a similar nature as yours that this post attracts the better as it will indeed show the sham that is our democracy

    • david says:

      Which demonstrates the point of my post?

      Join my club?

  2. Jim says:

    At least you get answers, well ok then, at least you get a letter back. I have written to my MP (Jamie Reed LAB) Four times this year, I once got a party line reply about fuel duty, but since then everything else has just been ignored.

  3. “If, in future you have a specific case which you would like me to take up as your constituency MP then, of course, I would be more than happy to do so.”

    But he can’t as the long-running correspondence proves.

    In other words, as his not very diplomatic words suggests, sod off.

    Unbelievable (or not as the case maybe)

  4. Nick says:

    On the one hand, David Cameorn is PM. On the other, I’ve no idea what he does, or what the point of him is. Can he admit we do not live in a democracy? Of course not. He is a political animal. He doesn’t really care about the people, perhaps arguing he cares about ‘the country’.

    As much as we push nothing will come of Harrogate without force. A lot of force. The powers that be have no interest in giving up their hold on control over us, nor the money they take without consent.

    Thus without massive tax action, permanent civil unrest and a united front across the country nothing will happen. Nothing will ever change. The obvious on receipt of that letter would be to have the man de-selected and recalled. After all, I didn’t vote to make him PM. Heck, he couldn’t even win an election against Gordon Brown – then he got into government by the back door and refuses to do the necessary for political reasons.

    In all, it makes me a bit sad, a bit angry and utterly despondent. What’s the point in voting when they have such disdain for us?

    • david says:

      It is that united front and action by the people of this land that the Harrogate Agenda believes it can achieve its aim

  5. Barney Rubble says:

    Point? The only point seems to be lining of pockets, via expenses, directorships and any other nasty little deals they can get away with.

    It’s about time we changed things so that the power really did rest with the people.

    • david says:

      And that change must come through the ballot box – and use of the ballot box will come from a re-awakening of the electorate of their power – which is the aim of the Harrogate Agenda

  6. Edward Spalton says:

    I had a similar reaction, though verbally and rather more angry, from my (Conservative) MP over the behaviour of the local (Labour) council towards my business. They had tried to close us down and push us off our site. When I “went public” about it in the local paper (having won repayment of all our lawyer’s fees),he was extremely short and refused to take any further interest. .There was clearly a local charmed circle which included a councillor who worked for a property company which owned much of the land around us.

    On the other hand, I think that an MP’s job should be to keep his eye on the government and not become a supernumerary social worker, looking into every little complaint about local maladministration. I am sure the government is very pleased when they do this and become “good constituency MPs”, taking their eyes off the ball.

    One of my political opponents locally was the late Philip Whitehead MEP.(Lab). He had been MP in Westminster for Derby North when there was an horrendously botched police investigation into the murder of a girl called Lynn Siddons.
    It was just as bad as the Stephen Lawrence case but the girl was white and so of lesser account. Philip took up the case and did not let it go, even after he ceased being the MP and became an MEP. The girl’s grandmother (a very redoubtable lady) was encouraged to persevere and secured a judgement for damages in the civil courts. This eventually led to a criminal conviction of the murderer decades later which, I am sure, would not have happened without Philip’s continued support.

    That was the action of a good man and conscientious representative. He was a total europhile – a true believer, not a careerist and is one of the few politicians whom I have ever really liked and respected. Whether that would all have happened if he had been in government, I am not sure. Knowing the man, I think it would.

    • david says:

      “On the other hand, I think that an MP’s job should be to keep his eye on the government”

      And is that not one of the aims of the Harrogate Agenda? Separation of Power? People Power?

  7. Robin says:

    I also get letters saying no further correspondence but from senior civil servants .
    I also get no letters at all to requests .

    (BTW I also got a No Further Correspondence from Alan Amos Conservative MP for Haltwhistle , who went kiddie fiddling on Hampstead Heath . He is now a Labour councillor for Gloucester ).

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