When I was a candidate I would often ring up people who had written to me or emailed me. I became used to the shock at the other end of the phone when they realised a politician had taken their point of view seriously enough to phone them. I thought you'd be entertained by this email of "complaint" I received from a reader last night. It shows at least one MP "gets it".
"After reading your post " The Speaker: What You Can Do... " I decided to follow your suggestion and contact my MP. So 7-15pm Monday evening I sent the Honourable MP a beautifully worded email requesting he removes his finger from his arse. 7-25pm sit down to put shoes on so can waddle off to Dog n Duck to watch the Mighty Pompey thrash some northern team, when the mobile starts ringing. Nothing unusual with this as was running late for pre match drink. Answered mobile with my normal shout " I'm on my way ", when the voice on the other end says "evening Mr R******* this is Andrew Murrison MP for Westbury, you just sent me an email............... " he spends the next 10 - 15 mins talking complete sense in a non condescending way to a simple stonemason (a bloody nice bloke). But he made me late for the footy and for this I put the blame firmly at your feet! Regards n all. Ian"
Well done Andrew Murrison. The thing is, many MPs do this all the time. They regard it as part of the job. And so it is. Perhaps those who bleat that all politicians are the same - which is purely the laziest of arguments - might reflect on that.