Letter to Emily
Seeking out the truth about Pat McFadden, I read his blog. It's heartbreaking stuff. Get your hankie out to read every tear stained word...........after you've read it, you'll be glad you live in Newport.
"You started election day in tears. You told me you had cried all morning. At 82 years of age, this would be the first time ever you had not voted. Yes, a postal vote could have helped you, but you had not applied and it was too late now. This was polling day and you were utterly distraught at the thought of not casting your vote. Not for you Emily the disdain for elections and parties. Not for you the tired notion that they’re all the same, all in it for themselves and that there is no point in voting. You wanted to vote. You wanted your say. You just didn’t know how to get there.
(Honestly, I did not make this up)
(Hope this is not too much for you)
If I had written that, I believe the Labour Party in Newport West would de-select me.
Quite rightly so!
Proof that Government ministers and civil servants live in a separate universe was revealed at my Select Committee.
Cabinet Office Minister Pat McFadden was before us to explain the joys of consulting with the public. He has sent the Public Administration Select Committee a jargon crammed letter saying the Government planned a one-stop shop for anyone who had experienced a ‘citizen’s episode.’ These include births and deaths.
Do they greet one another in the Cabinet Office canteen with “How are you Fred? Had any citizen's episodes lately?
Do they send each other cards? ‘Congratulation/commiserations on your citizen's episode which I was glad/sorry to hear about.’ (Delete words that don’t apply).