I was all prepared for a rant against my MP, Harriet Harman. Before last year’s General Election she answered all my emails promptly, with supporting documentation. They may have said nothing I didn’t expect them to say, but that’s politics. Then, after the election, all the replies stopped. I sent two emails and got nothing back. So yesterday, having decided to use my blog to have a pop at her, the wind was taken well and truly out of my sails when I got home to find a letter from the House of Commons waiting for me.
Dear Mr Gasston,
Thank you for your email of 9th November concerning the Terrorism Bill… Thank you for taking the time to write to me about this important issue. Please do accept my apologies for the delay in my response. However, I did read your comments at the time.
That’s fair enough, then. It’s been a busy time, and at least she took the time to read my comments, which stated that I was strongly opposed to the Government’s position on the Terrorism Bill.
I am pleased to hear that you are supportive of the Government’s position on the Terrorism Bill.
I have written to Charles Clarke MP, Home Secretary to ensure that he is aware of your positive comments.
And they say that MPs are out of touch with their constituents…