Sunday, July 23, 2006

Democracy in action

In response, I think, to my last post bemoaning the state of British ‘democracy’ a friend sent me an email reminding me of the They Work for You website which allows you to track your local MP’s background, voting record and contact details. He also copied me into the email he had sent to his own local MP which started off like this…

Having been born in the 60s I grew up thinking all the world's problems were soon to be solved. I still carry a large chip on my shoulder after being lied to by hippies. Currently all shades of utter hell are breaking out in Palestine. What is you position? Is there anything to be done to get Mr Blair's government to see sense and join the rest of the world community in backing calls for an _immediate_ceasefire_…

I confess that I haven’t got round to writing to my own elected representative. There’s not much point really. Even though she is theoretically a Labour MP, she votes and speaks against most of what Blair gets up to anyway. That’s when she can spare time from being chairman of the Countryside Alliance and be bothered to turn up to parliament.

I suppose that’s better than appearing more frequently and voting against your conscience as the majority of her fellow Labour MPs appear to be doing. It seems that nothing, and I mean nothing, is more important to them than staying in power. And no matter how berko Blair and Co’s behaviour may be the bulk of Labour MPs have played along like the good little whores that they are.

It's all quite confusing really. Should I vote for my local Labour MP because she is opposed to many Labour policies that I am also opposed to? Or should I not vote for her as her winning a seat counts towards Tony Blair becoming Prime Minister and pursuing the policies she and I don't agree with?

What with our fucked up, unrepresentative voting system and those spineless MPs in our governing party, the separation between my poxy little vote every five years and the actions of the country I live in has never seemed so great

Still, you’ve got to admire the strength of character of a leadership that presses on, regardless of what its electorate or even the rest of the World may think.

Who needs democracy anyway when you are governed by people of that kind of stature?


Anonymous said...

Quickish note...

For what it's worth, i got a reply from Featherstone (LibDem) this morning.
She says: "I have received a lot of corespondence from local people upset by local events in the Middle East. I understand and share your concerns". She then goes on to say that she supports the UN's call for an unconditional and immediate ceasefire. Which, although mere words, is _some_ mild relief i suppose.

She also mentions having signed a couple of related EDMs.
EDM 2480 - Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip
EDM 596 - Ecumenical accompaniment programme of the World Council of Churches

("An Early Day Motion, or EDM, is a motion put down ("tabled") by [MPs] calling for a debate on a particular subject. In practice, there is rarely time to debate EDMs nowadays and their true modern-day purpose is to enable MPs to draw attention to an issue and to canvass support for their views by inviting other Members to add their signatures in support of the motion.")

And likewise for what it's worth also, on the EDM site you can see that Hoey signed this one


Anonymous said...

Mind you having said all that, today the world rolls on regardless...

World 'backs Lebanon offensive'

Israel says diplomats' decision not to call for a halt to its Lebanon offensive at a Middle East summit has given it the green light to continue.
"We received yesterday at the Rome conference permission from the world... to continue the operation," Justice Minister Haim Ramon said.

Disengenoious f**kers.

Which could be said to lead to this bunch...

Al-Qaeda 'to avenge Israel deeds'

Al-Qaeda's second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri has said in a video the militant network would respond to attacks on Muslims in Lebanon and Gaza.

His message was broadcast by Arabic television station al-Jazeera.

Al-Qaeda could not remain silent in the face of a "Zionist-Crusader war" and now saw "all the world as a battlefield open in front of us," he said.

Although it's not like i can see Al-Q' taking time off for the school holidays really.

Here's a hypothetical:
If 'the devil' came to me and offered to turn the whole of the Middle East to glass -- meaning all the holy sites for ALL THREE major religions -- i'd certainly give it some thought.


chipps said...

If you don't like the Party don't vote for their MP's. It only encourages them.