Regardless of the rights or wrongs of this particular case, why on earth is litigation seen as the answer when a constituent feels their MPs is not effectively representing them? ... More importantly, as John Spellar put it today, surely the real accountability for an MP lies with the ballot box and not the courts? I cannot imagine why the county court in this case actually found in favour of the complainant. Mr John Taylor may or may not have a point about Mrs Keen being "lazy" (though she denies it and points out she tried to help him). But his best recourse is to turf her out at the next general election.
On a more practical point, every single MP in this place gets aggrieved punters chasing them to pursue this or that concern. If Brentford County Court did indeed shell out £15,000 to Mr Taylor, it may just have given the green light to the green ink brigade to plague the courts with similar litigation. Depressing.
I thought this was all a wind-up first of all. But it isn't. I have no idea as to whether Ann Keen is a diligent MP or not. It seems to me she did all that could reasonably be expected of her by a constituent. But if this court case is seen as a precedent, it begs the question as to why on earth anyone would ever put themselves forward for Parliament again.