Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Democracy?

The vote following the opposition day debate on government plans to sell off forests was rather predictable; as far as the results go they seem to show that only three 'government' MP's voted against the government despite the fairly obvious lack of public support for the idea of a sell off. Every other MP pretty much voted along party lines which on an issue like this is criminal. The three I can find who voted with their consciences were:

Mike Hancock Lib Dem Portsmouth South
Tim Farron Lib Dem Westmoreland & Lonsdale
Zac Goldsmith Conservative Richmond Park

So if you contacted your Conservative/Lib Dem MP to register your concerns you might want to touch base with them again and check why they ignored them.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

An interesting post. You might want to check the wording of the final sentence.

alan tilmouth said...

Ta

Pete Woodruff said...

1. I registered my concerns with my MP, got a reply - thank you - indicating he was with the government on this one.

2. He subsequently voted in favour.

3. I have been in touch again voicing my disappointment.

4. Bet I don't get any more replies from this 'chappie'.

Terry said...

Well done on publicising this, Alan. Zac is a true environmentalist, so it does not surprise me he voted against but it is shocking that only 3 voted that way. These guys and girls rely on our votes, so we have more power than we realise sometimes. Let's use it!