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This rant is a long cry of despair at his/her perceived helplessness and inability to make a contribution, but you get no sense of what s/he would actually do if s/he did have the power to implement a particular policy.

He voted Remain (and doesn't seem to have changed his mind) but represents a constituency that voted heavily in favour of leave. But in the UK's system of parliamentary sovereignty it his responsibility to lead - not to slavishly follow a policy he believes to be wrong - even if it means s/he will be voted out at the next election.

Being and MP isn't meant to be an easy ride. You have to make tough choices, build support for them, and ultimately accept the verdict of your party members and constituents on your performance. People can respect you even if they disagree with you if they think you have an arguable case, are putting your argument well, and have the integrity to be open and honest about it.

So I don't buy this excuse for ineffectuality. As an MP s/he has a far greater opportunity than most people to build support and alliances for his/her policy choices  and to show leadership.

If s/he is being no more effective than a dead cat s/he should resign and make way for someone better able to make use of the opportunities being an MP provides him/her.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 11:30:37 PM EST
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I'm reminded of two Edmund Burke quotes:

  1. Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.

  2. Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
by rifek on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 12:04:43 AM EST
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Or as Tusk might put it, "hell has a special place for those who but whinge and whine, when they should have a plan for dealing with the issues which confront them..."

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 12:18:42 PM EST
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