“The UK public elects Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.” Quote taken directly from the UK Parliament website: http://www.parliament.uk/about/mps-and-lords/members/
Before I address why I have started with this quote, I want to be clear that I did not vote for a Conservative government and I disagree with a lot of the actions made by said government. However, the voting public decided with a majority to back these decisions so, while I still continue to disagree, I understand that this is the democratic way.
What I don’t understand, and cannot in any way condone, is the blatant disregard for public concern on certain subjects. In the past week, three issues have hit the news.
The first, of course, is the vote to repeal certain parts of the fox hunting ban. My personal opinion is that you timed the vote on this particularly sensitive subject in order to direct people’s anger away from the recently announced benefit cuts, but whatever the reason, this particular vote shows your complete disregard for public interest and concern… the very job you were hired to do. That you became angry at the SNP’s decision to intervene again shows you placing your own self-interest over that of the public. Polls have shown that over 70% of the British public are against fox hunting of any kind, so why are the majority of Conservative MP’s willing to ignore their own constituents to vote for the change. The SNP made a brave decision by going against their agreement to only get involved in Scottish matters, and they made this decision because the Conservative MP’s were unwilling to do the job they were elected to do.
The second issue to arise this week is the planning permission granted to a US firm to build a puppy farm in Yorkshire, with the sole purpose of supplying Beagle puppies to UK laboratories for testing. Again, this action shows a complete disregard for public interest as even the local council was firmly against the idea. While views on animal testing for medical reasons vary, the majority of the public are against puppy farming for cruelty reasons.
The final issue I want to raise is the gagging order placed on a report by the Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP), part of the Government’s Health and Safety Executive. The ECP have refused to back an application by the National Farmers Union to lift a ban on bee-harming chemicals because of the environmental damage these chemicals can do. While it has been widely reported that the decline in bee population will have a significant effect on us all, it is hard to say what public opinion is on this matter as they are not being supplied with the relevant information. By placing a gag order on this report, you are denying the public the information they need to make an informed decision, and as such, are working against public interest.
These are just three examples taken over a week of certain Members of Parliament breaching their contract with the British people. In business, this level of insubordination would not be tolerated, so why do you feel it is acceptable conduct?
Going back to the quote at the top of this letter, you were elected to represent the interests and concerns of the people. It is time you either took your positions seriously or made way for someone who will.