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Email to My MP (Counter Terrorism Bill)

I discovered today that my local MP didn't vote in yesterdays crucial Counter Terrorism Bill which will allow the government to detain terror suspects for 42 days without charge.

Now admittedly if he'd voted for it I'd have been writing to him but not to have voted at all is even worse in many ways.

Letter below (with my personal details xxx'd)


Rudi Vis MP
Finchley and Golders Green

Thursday 12 June 2008
Angus Abranson

angus @ cubicle7.co.uk

Dear Rudi Vis,

I was dismayed to find out that you didn't vote in the Counter Terrorism Bill on the 11th June 2008 where the goverment increased the power to detain terror suspects without charge for 42 days.

I, as I am sure a number of your constituants, would be interested why you were not present at such an important bill (regardless of how you would have voted whether or not I and others would have agreed with it - it is a bill of major concern and should have been voted on).

Now I am sure - or atleast hope - that the House of Lords won't ratify this bill but surely you owe those who voted you in to hear your voice and vote on the matter.

I look forward to your reply on this matter and would also be very interested to know how you would have voted had you been in attendence. Or if you abstained from voting what your reasons were?

Yours sincerely,

Angus Abranson


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Jun. 12th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
"Dear Mr. Abrams,

Bugger off. I had a thing.

Yours respectfully,

Rudi Vis, Your Master and Commander"
Jun. 12th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
I think he may actually be on holiday.

Certainly he has an 'out of office' automail responding to emails saying he won't be back until the 16th.

Good time to take a break when an important vote is on. Summer recess isn't all that far away so I'm sure he could have waited a few weeks.

Damn politicians :p
Jun. 12th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Playing devils advocate for mo...

I believe many MPs who cant be present but know which way they will
vote usually offset that vote by arranging with a member who will vote the other way to also not be present.

Do you know if your MP engaged in such a Gentlemans agreement and whether it was upheld?

Otherwise absolutely agreed - my local MP at the time of the RIP Act didn't attend parliament.... I sent him some letter outlining my position on the act and all I got was the debate exert from Hansards back.
Jun. 12th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh look a politician doing fuck all. [Sorry, couldn't resist - good letter]
Jun. 12th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
I've just checked and our MP has not voted ether, like the fat useless pudding he is. I am very very cross, as is Mr Woof, so we may write a similar snarky letter.
Jun. 13th, 2008 08:48 am (UTC)
Given that he announced about a fortnight ago that he'll be standing down at the next election (possibly not unconnected to the fact that a 0.2% swing to the Tories would unseat him), I doubt that letters such as that one will be high on his priority list.
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
How do you check something like that? I'm curious now and like the idea of checking up on what my MP is doing...
Jun. 13th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Well... mine voted for it. Woot. So I dropped him a line mentioning one of my other current bugbears:

My Davidson,
I notice that you think the evil terrorists under our beds aren't getting enough publicity and that it's fine to lock up innocent people without charge for 6 weeks. That's just great thanks for that. Along with your stance on ID cards I'm sure you are going to be dandy in the new Police State you guys are cooking up.

You may guess from my remark above that I am not at all happy with, nor to I hold much credence with, the governments spurious arguments over why they should be allowed to erode the rights people have fought and died for over years to get. Luckily I'm a civilised man and thus will not be turning to violence to make my point.

What I would like to know is how much you spent in expenses last
year, preferably with a breakdown of all the amounts. Only those
payments you claimed as expenses from the government I have no wish to know how you spend your wages, that is of course you own business but I do feel I have a right to know what are spending to help you in your important job of destroying the rights of the common people. I'm sorry I mean defending us from the woefully inept terrorist threat, I'm sorry I'm old enough to remember when Terrorists had Irish accents and actually blew OTHER people up. My how times change.

Anyway, if you aren't willing to give me a full breakdown of your expenses for the last tax year could you please tell me why?

Finally when are your next scheduled surgeries, I'm afraid I've not been able to make them yet, having one of these pesky job things which means I don't have much time to get asked questions in opinions polls or such like so you may not realise just how annoyed I am.

Hopefully now you will.

Simon Proctor

I never said tact or diplomacy where strong skills of mine. And i don't believe MP's deserve any more deference than lawyers. It depends on their actions.
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