Readers will know that last October I attended a meeting with my constituency MP in which I raised what I believed to be an injustice caused by government policy in respect of the treatment afforded the elderly and the 'vulnerable' in our society.
It will also be recalled that; at a promised meeting with Grant Shapps we had but 10 minutes of the 'great man's' presence; that representatives from the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Services Commission had withdrawn, citing spurious reasons; I had written to my constitutency MP requesting that the meeting be reconvened with all the promised attendees present.
After weeks of 'silence' I emailed once again and received a reply from Cameron's PA advising that he would reply, but was waiting a reponse from the MoJ, and that the delay was due to 'his wish to provide a full response'. My indignation at receiving a copy letter from Shapps to Cameron - which was patronising in the extreme and which did not address the points I had raised subsequent to my meeting with him, received under cover of a compliments slip from the 'Office of David Cameron - is perhaps understandable.
I can but quote part of my reply to his PA:
"It is appreciated that David Cameron is 'on holiday', but I have to say this demonstrates what I can only describe as 'sloppiness' on the part of someone within his office. It is also appreciated that being Prime Minister means that David Cameron has many pressing matters that need his attention, but - he is still my Member of Parliament and as such has a duty to deal with and answer correspondence from a constituent of his in a professional and acceptable manner - something which is obviously lacking in this instance.That our democracy - and the process of - per se, is 'questionable' cannot now be beyond doubt. When a contstituent is being 'palmed-off' by one elected to represent him - but one who cannot - then it is obvious that we, as a people and a class of our society who are supposed to be the masters - are well and truly doomed to servitude.
Let us be clear; what has occured is that David Cameron has received what amounts to a petition from me, complaining that government policy is wrong on a number of points and requesting redress. Consider: as my constituency MP - and because of his dual role as Prime Minister - David Cameron is unable to 'air' my grievance in the House of Commons - something which also applies to any Sec of State, Minister and PPS; that bearing in mind also his statement made, during our initial meeting on this subject at his surgery, that 'national policy will always remain supreme over local policy; and that, according to the Parliament website, MPs "Generally,..... will present all petitions they receive from their constituents. However, MPs aren't compelled to present petitions...." it does beg the question whether our democracy is all that it is presented as being.
It would, perhaps, be advantageous were David Cameron and his office, together with Grant Shapps - to utilise a 'certain phrase' - 'get a grip' and act in the manner they should; and one to which I, although retired, contribute, albeit in a small way, to 'the pot' from which they get paid.
Please do on-pass this email to my constituency MP as I feel he has 'certain questions' to answer. "