I try not to be political here, but I want to share this letter I’ve just sent to my MP. Feedback from My Taller Half was along the lines of ‘you could have worded that more strongly’, to which I replied that he should write his own letter. If you are a UK citizen, please consider writing to your MP too.
Dear Pat Glass MP
I am writing to urge you to hold the Government to account during next week’s Article 50 debate, and vote with your conscience, not the Labour whip.
I am appalled at the abuse of democracy that both the Government and Opposition have been displaying since the Country narrowly voted to leave the EU. The Government made no plan against losing the referendum, are pursuing a hard Brexit with no mandate, and have wasted millions of pounds in its unsuccessful pursuit to deny Parliament the right to debate and vote on the Article 50 notification. On the other side, the Labour leadership have applied a three line whip to vote with the Government to trigger Article 50. This puts Labour in a terribly weak position when holding the Government to account. On Radio 4 yesterday, Diane Abbott referred to the referendum result as the only reason for pursuing this policy, despite the increasing evidence that Brexit is likely to do great harm to the very voters who thought that they were voting to bring back £350 million a week to the NHS. This very quickly turned out to be a total lie by the Leave campaign to the electorate.
I will not ask you to vote to reject Brexit, although I hope that you do, but please make up your own mind, based on what is right for your constituents and the country, rather than blindly follow both front benches.