A letter to Sayeeda Warsi.
Ed Miliband will by now have received a letter from Baroness Warsi, Tory Party Chairman, and current front-runner for most irritating person in Britain.
In said letter, she has a moan about comments made by Hayes and Harlington MP, and LRC Chair John McDonnell, at this weekends Coalition of Resistance Conference in London.
John noted, that when the formation of a Government requires its participants to blatantly ignore one of their key election pledges, people have little other choice than to utilise their democratic rights to protest.
It’s a simple concept and is nothing new. If votes don’t deliver, then people will find other ways to make their voices heard. Democracy would be completely meaningless if disappointment and submission were a requisite.
But Baroness Warsi doesn’t seem to like this concept. As she says;
A member of your party, John McDonnell MP, has been quoted in the press suggesting that he is involved in a ‘programme of resistance’…
People resisting their government? It’s an outrage I tell you! This kind of thing would have never happened in Stalin’s Russia.
I mean how dare an elected representative of the people seek to organise against measures which he feels will adversely affect those he represents. Something clearly needs to be done about it.
So far, it is unclear what Ed Miliabnd will have to say about this, but if I was advising him, it would be something along these lines;
Dear Mrs Warsi,
I note that you are displeased about comments made by the elected Member of Parliament for Hayes and Harlington John McDonnell, and indications that he may be involved in opposing certain measures currently being pursued by your government.
Not being an elected Member of Parliament, I can forgive you for not properly understanding the requirements of the job.
Due to what you obviously perceive as a bizarre constitutional covenant, opposition MP’s are actually not required to agree with the government.
Some political theorists have even suggested, that they should in fact oppose the course of action being pursued by the government of the day. Perhaps when that course of action being pursued is contrary to the mandate upon which they obtained their position.
As such these elected representatives, may from time to time voice the concerns of those who do not agree with their government.
While representations via the House of Commons are commonplace, political activities outside of Parliament are not forbidden.
John’s observation, that ignoring students concerns leaves them “no other alternative” than to protest, could only possibly be construed as a criminal offence if you are stupid, or have been ingesting some kind of narcotics.
The Member from Hayes and Harlington seems to be doing his job in representing his constituents. I assume that enough of them may share his concerns, based upon the assumption that they agreed with his position enough to vote for him in May.
So, I will in fact be congratulating John McDonnell for a job well done, instead of reprimanding him as you suggest. In what is no doubt a futile attempt to turn members of the Labour Party against each other.
I thank you for your letter, and would like to ask you not to make such stupid comments about this countries political process again, that is until someone has elected you, and conferred upon you the same responsibilities enjoyed by John McDonnell.
“Red Ed” Miliband.
One can wish, no?