Political Representation

Interestingly, for the first time recently I’ve had dealing with by MP and my MSP, with very different feelings on the responses of both.

Towards the end of last year David Cameron was rushing through his plans for the Great Firewall to block our internet access to materials that the government would deem “inappropriate”. I’m generally against the idea of censorship, as adults we should have access to materials where the law should be in place to prevent inappropriate actions rather than inappropriate materials. I felt this was a slippery slope and wrote to my MP to ask him to consider my thoughts when casting his vote.

Rather than addressing the core of my questions around censorship his reply adopted a “think of the children” attitude. Believe me, as a parent I have multiple layers of barrier between my child and the worst of the web. What I don’t need is someone telling me that I’m not responsible enough to decide what I can or can’t look at.

I was left feeling like he had never really taken on board what I was trying to say. Given the “emergency” data laws passed through parliament without debate this week I can only see this kind of thing getting worse.

More recently I wrote to my MSP regarding a change to the Scottish airgun legislation. I’ve blogged about that separately at <lifeblog - airsoft weapons> so won’t go into detail, however my point here is that my MSP obviously took my points on board then approached the Justice Secretary with them seeking answers. Unfortunately the answers were not those I wanted to hear, but regardless of this I still felt listened to and represented.

I’ve never felt involved in the political process, only once with the LibDem gains in the last election even feeling excited – and what a let down that was. It feels like having one MSP who listens is worth more than a dozen cookie-cutter MPs riding on the coat-tails of their party doublespeak.