Saturday, 18 September 2010

Politicians Really Do Live In A World All Their Own

As an example comes this letter from Caroline Flint MP, touting for a job in the Shadow Cabinet, in which she writes:
"......At the Foreign Office I fought to show that the EU was relevant in every part of the UK......"
This from the woman who, in a parliamentary debate, admitted she had not read all of the Lisbon Treaty!

And therein lies yet another problem with our democracy - we are at the behest of those who haven't a clue about that for which they are responsible!

10 comments:

William said...

Round em all up
Put em in a field
and bomb the bastards

K Everett Esq

He was certainly ahead of his time.

Witterings From Witney said...

William, a tad drastic but a bloody good idea all the same!

Fascist Hippy said...

If you need a hand William, just give me a call.

The Boiling Frog said...

That'll be the same 'principled' woman who:

Former Europe Minister Caroline Flint has launched a blistering attack on Gordon Brown for treating women ministers as "female window dressing".

Not long after posing for these:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gallery/2009/may/10/fashion-caroline-flint?picture=346969477

As the (paraphrased) football chant goes:

"Build a bonfire, build a bonfire, put the MP's on the top, put the EU in the middle, and burn the f***king lot"

Witterings From Witney said...

TBF, all the same I do have a hankering for unprincipled women and I would most certainly climb over you to get to her!

The Boiling Frog said...

Actually WfW I was going to mention that also but thought better of it. Silly me. Now I know you're as unprincipled and one-tracked minded as I suspected ;-)

Scooper said...

I wrote to my MP about 6 weeks ago complaining about Huhne's Energy Policy and asking some rather basic questions. So far I've had nothing sensible back from her and it's becoming obvious that I won't hear any rational argument from her whatsoever.
In one condescending letter, she claimed that 'Green energy can lower bills' and as of Last Friday, I have asked her clearly, on 6 separate occasions to explain to me how this is going to happen without substantial subsidy. We all know that she won't be able to answer the question apart from admitting that it's all bullshit. To make things worse, she employs two 'Researchers' who are unable to supply me with the detail to backup the claim which she made to me in writing and on House Of Commons stationery!
While my MP does a fine job of opening new shopping centres and providing meaningless quotes to the local rag, she has little idea of what the hell the government is up to. I have therefore resolved to plague her with detailed questions about government policy and to hold her to account for her actions in the Houses Of Parliament. My wife claims that I'm turning into a stalker but the level of ignorance of my parliamentary representative is disgraceful. I would recommend that everybody else challenge their own MP on policy and we might just get somewhere!

Witterings From Witney said...

Scooper, And the beginning of your comment just demonstrates one of the things that is wrong about our democracy!

I do so like the idea of plaguing your MP and if only more people would do the same then we might just begin to get somewhere!

Scooper said...

WFW
It's really up to the blogosphere to do this in my view. On one of Anna Racoon's comments I raised the idea of finding a way to coordinate people to contact our MPs about certain matters en masse.
Just imagine if 600+ MPs all each received 23-30 emails complaining about the European Arrest Warrants for example. It's not quite so easy to sweep things under the carpet when every single MP is getting it in the ear - at worst we might just get some of them thinking about what is going on.
I have thought about putting a website together to coordinate letter writing capaigns to MPs but I don't have the time to put into it. Shame really because we could utilise the abundance of information on blogs such as this to educate so many frustrated people and fashion that into a powerful democratic process.

Scooper said...

And finally, I've taken to checking when she's been in the House for debates and votes. I was particularly annoyed when she did neither for the reading of the Digital Economy Bill and again asked her why she apparently has no interest in a very important subject. Rhetoric and wishful thinking is all I got back, and that angered me so much that I decided to put her and her staff to work for me! It's terrific fun, you should try it.