Tuesday, 20 January 2009
New LPUK Campaign - one we can all do
Douglas Carswell MP (One of the good guys hiding in the Tory Party) has decided not to go with the flow of MP's hiding their expenses and is going to publish his accounts to April 2009 in full. H/T The Devil
We have been looking out for a campaign that would follow up the November 5th send your MP a copy of George Orwell's 1984.
How about the following as a standard letter to cut and paste.
Dear Sir or Madam
Members of Parliament published expenses
I am sure that you will agree with me that one of things that causes such lack of confidence in MP's is the constant attempts by Members of the House of Commons to claim for expenses at charge to the hard pressed taxpayer and then not to publish their expense accounts in full.
Personally I fail to understand why my employer and the HMRC require all expenditure to be properly receipted, yet members feel that they should not supply receipts for expenditure under £25 and have a special exemption under the Freedom of Information Act to cover their expenses.
Will you confirm to me that you will be following the commendable example of Douglas Carswell MP, who has made a public declaration that he will publish his expenses in full upto April 2009.
If you feel that is not something that you want to do, can you explain on what grounds you do not wish to follow Mr Carswell's example.
If you would like to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org who you have written to and by St Valentine's day, Feb 14th we can send a Valentines card of shame to the House of Commons with all of those MP's who have ignored you, refused to give a committment to publish, or fudged the issue. Remember that your MP is only required to respond to his Constituent, who is in effect his employer.
Please pass this on in your blog