A letter to my MP, Connor McGinn, re No ‘No deal’ and extending Brexit.
Dear Conor McGinn,
Watching the latests from Westminster, I’m so ‘pleased’ to note how well you have our backs covered.
Glancing at the Labour manifesto (https://labour.org.uk/manifesto/) and your parties proud slogan, “For the many, not the few.”
Just as a wee reminder:
Proportion of voters (Leave): 58.05 per cent
Turnout: 68.87 per cent
Across the country 17,410,742 people voted LEAVE. 17 million increasing angry people.
While I do appreciate you (like any right-minded person) keep voting down Mrs May’s god-awful WA, I can’t help but notice that you – like virtually all of Labour and half of the Conservative MPs – believe is it “sensible” to take ‘no deal’ off the negotiating table. Speaking as an ex-businessman, that is beyond stupid. If you are not prepared to walk away – and the other side gleefully knows you are not – you have already lost all your negotiating power.
Moreso, I also notice, again like most of your colleagues, you voted to delay Brexit.
May I ask why?
You lot have had over two years to come up with something and have failed miserably. We – the taxpayers – are paying you over Â£77,000 a year to do so, and all you do, all parties, is angle to Remain and squabble like children. If you can’t find a common ground – and you know the EU have us backed into a corner by our government’s pathetic and enthralled (lack of) negotiation skills – what difference, pray tell, will more time change?
400 of 650 constituencies – including yours – voted to leave the EU.
However, as has been widely pointed out, of MPs (all parties), 248 are Leave, 400 are Remain. The problem isn’t that Leavers (especially in Britain), â€˜didn’t know what they were voting forâ€™, the problem is we did â€“ and MPs didn’t like the answer.
Bear that number in mind again. Really, really think about it. 400 MPs are adamantly Remain. And how did this week’s to vote extend, delay, (attempt to cancel) Brexit go? Let’s ask the equally unrelentingly Remain biased BBC:
Ah yes, MPs have voted by 413 to 202 for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit.
To quote David Cameron, from 2016,:
This is your decision, nobody elses. Not politicians, not parliaments, not lobby groups. It will be the final decision. So to those who suggest that a decision in the referendum to leave, would merely produce another stronger re negotiation and a second referendum in which Britain can stay, I say think again. The referendum that follows will be a once in a generation choice. When the British people speak, their voice will be respected, not ignored. If we vote to leave, then we will leave. There will not be another negotiation and another referendum.”
On losing, before quitting rather than manning up and doing his job, he went on to say, “The British people have made a choice. That not only needs to be respected â€“ but those on the losing side of the argument, myself included, should help to make it work.”
I’ll reiterate that:
When the British people speak, their voice will be respected, not ignored. If we vote to leave, then we will leave.
On that basis, in 2017, your party, and all the equally two-faced Conservatives paraded round the country angling for Leave votes. Both parties absolutely – unquestionably – stood on a manifesto pledge – a PROMISE – to honour the referendum.
As radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer pointed out recently…
When MPs said they would let voters have the final say, they were lying to us.
When MPs – of all parties – promised to respect the result of the referendum, they were lying to us.
When David Cameron said it was our choice and the government would implement the result, he was lying.
When, in 2017, Remain Labour and Conservative MPs – including yourself Mr McGinn – stood on a manifesto promising to deliver Brexit, they – and you – were lying.
As a local MP you seem like a decent bloke, but if we can’t trust you to respect us, to honour your pledges, what use are you?
Yours – for now – is a “safe seat”. As I understand it, you were – as others before you, like now retired Shaun Woodward – parachuted in, guaranteed a cushy win. Needless to say you romped home in 2017 with 32,012 votes.
Here’s the thing, Conor, you got in by lying to us. This being a Labour stronghold for the past 100-odd years I dare say you would have regardless, and you’ll (maybe) romp home again whenever the next elections are. But your party won’t.
Remember this, sir, over 60% of Labour MPs – yourself included – represent Leave constituencies. This 60% jumps up closer to 70% once you step outside the London bubble. You may keep your seat, but you, and the equally treacherous Tories will be paid back in future local and national elections. If Brexit doesn’t happen – as promised – at the end of the month, expect the nation – leave and remain alike – to be very VERY angry. If that happens, and Farage’s Brexit Party don’t field a candidate here, I’ll stand myself if I have to. And I’ll have a few years to build up a following.
As Julia Hartley-Brewer also pointed out:
“At the next general election we will remember the names of every single MP who voted to thwart a free democratic vote. Brexit may be walking wounded but it’s not dead. Brexit will happen. It’s a question of when, not if.”
Even if you and your colleagues in Westminster choose to forget, when it suits you, you lot work for us. Ignore us at your peril; we may be impotent when it comes to the duplicitous and underhand shenanigans enacted daily – against our democratic wishes – in the House of Commons, but when the elections come around again, there will be repercussions!
Please do explain how these constant and regularly repeated betrayals honour the respective party manifestos – which were essentially your job CVs to us. You were given nearly three years and (including wages and expenses) over Â£600,000 EACH to do your job. Around Â£116 million a year combined just in expenses, plus another Â£50 million plus in wages. A year! And you’ve agreed NOTHING with regard to Brexit! GET ON WITH IT!
* They Work For You (Connor McGinn)
* The Guardian: MPs reject no-deal Brexit by majority of 43 in second vote Brexit delay possible after MPs vote against leaving European Union without a deal.
* The Guardian: How did your MP vote on extending article 50? MPs have voted to extend article 50 and delay Brexit.
* BBC: Brexit: MPs vote by a majority of 211 to seek delay to EU departure. MPs have voted by 413 to 202 – a majority of 211 – for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit.
* Connor’s expenses for 2017-2018: Â£189,079.48 (234 claims) – on top of wages.