Readers will recall that I had been to see my new Member of Parliament, Grahame Morris and that I had subsequently emailed him. The content of same read:
Dear Mr. Morris,
It was a pleasure to meet you at your surgery held recently at the Community Centre, Queen Alexandra Road, Dawdon.
Below you will find a copy of my email, dated 30th November 2014, to the leader of your party and also one dated 15th January 2015. I stand by the opening remarks in the original email wherein I maintain that ED Miliband has a duty to respond to any email he receives in his quest to become this country’s next prime minister. To overlook one email, whether that be by him or someone in his office, might be considered careless, however to overlook two can be considered a tad discourteous.
I also maintain that there is a great deal of disingenuousness in that which politicians both write and say when discussing the UK’s membership of the European Union. As a result how can the electorate make up its mind in any referendum that may be held on this important subject, coupled with the fact that because of what I can only call the deceit that is apparently being practiced by politicians means that any referendum cannot, under any circumstances be considered fair.
You may recall we spoke briefly about the lack of separation of power twixt Executive and Legislature and that I stated it is impossible to be a member of both and represent a constituent; a point with which you disagreed. If we look at the make-up of any government there are approximately 140 MPs who hold either positions as Secretaries of State, Minister of State, Parliamentary Private Secretary, etc. As a requirement of holding their positions it is a requirement that in any ‘dispute’ they must ‘hold the government line’ – in which case they cannot represent a constituent where that constituent has a grievance against government policy – a situation that results in those living in circa 140 constituencies in effect being disenfranchised.
You also stated that as an ‘internationalist’ you felt it to the benefit of the UK for our country to be a member of the European Union. At present the interests of the UK cannot be fully represented when, in so many areas, the European Union has assumed competence and sits on the standard setting bodies of the United Nations.
There is also the point of sovereignty, which as you know is the ability of any country to decide what can and cannot be done within its borders. By ceding sovereignty to the European Union the UK can no longer consider itself sovereign – neither can Parliament. For Parliament to still maintain that it is and for any government to consider it does govern the UK is laughable.
In view of the time constraints at your surgery (other constituents wishing to see you) it is appreciated you felt unable to give a fuller response however perhaps with Parliament currently in recess you may hopefully find the time so to do. Likewise perhaps when you have kindly brought my email to the attention of your Party Leader, he too may follow suit.
With kind regards,
I have now received a response from Grahame Morris:
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The Briefing Note to which Morris refers can be read here, although for him to consider the source as most trusted does stretch ones incredulity a tad especially when it is recalled the ‘Audit’ carried out under the direction of William Hague was not worth the paper on which it was written.
I shall be responding to Grahame Morris’ letter during the course of the next few days and will post a copy of this on this blog. In the meantime readers may wish to express their own comments.