Friday, 4 February 2011

Please stop being so obliging Mr Bridgen (or is that Biggins)?

I admire our MP, Mr Bridgen, I really do.

I may not agree with his politics (to be fair I'm not sure if he has ever really expressed them) but in terms of being obliging he is second to none.

I like to think of Mr Bridgen as the Christopher Biggins of politics (I realise that this is somewhat of dangerous line for me to tread given that it could be said that I share a physical resemblance). But Mr Bridgen is just like Mr Biggins in that you get the feeling that both would probably turn up to the opening of the proverbial envelope.

Whilst I must confess that Mr Bridgen does seem an awfully nice chap (if you haven't met him just hang around a while, he is bound to turn up) I do have a problem with his approach.

You see Mr Bridgen is very obliging, and that can be a weakness. I have spoke with many people who have had chats or visits or e-mails from Mr Bridgen and they always come away with the impression that he agrees with them.

Even when the constituent asks Mr Bridgen to vote against his government in the commons they 'kind of' get an ambiguous answer.

Wouldn't it be refreshing if he just said that as a junior backbencher he will vote according to his three line whip and whilst he might have sympathy with the constituent that is how it has to be?

Of course, the latest thing that Mr Bridgen is being obliging about is the privatisation of our woods and forests.

I know of various people who have contacted him to express their justifiable concerns about the governments plans. People are more than worried that public land which has been available to both them and their ancestors for generations will be sold off into private hands to be lost to the public for ever.

Of course, the government say that they will protect public access but once the woodlands are sold who is going to ensure that? Are the police going to stop gates being erected to deter you and me from entering private land? (I doubt it when their numbers are reducing so dramatically)

The answer of course is that privatisation will be a retrograde step for generations to come and a measure which is opposed by vast numbers of our population.

Of course should you read one of Mr Bridgens standardised replies to the many e-mails he has received you will pick up on his obliging style, in fact you might even think he will be considering voting against his whip, but of course when the division bell in rung (unless I am very much mistaken) he will be in the government lobby.

Please Mr Bridgen stop trying to keep everyone on side and say how you are going to vote. Your electorate might not agree with you but at least they would respect you for being clear about your intentions.


  1. I have to agree - Andrew is very lovely and his cheeky grin is an asset to any photo-shoot. But image isn't everything - how he votes is the crux of the matter

  2. I've had one of those obliging replies about selling off the National Forest, and I know that he voted for it to be continued.

  3. I wonder if you have taken into consideration how much forestry Labour privatised during their time in office?

  4. Thanks for your comment.

    In answer to your question, yes, I did and it is true that it was a significant amount. Not something to be necessarily proud of.

    Even the strongest Labour supporters have to say that sometimes our government made mistakes as well as, I believe, doing a great deal of good.

    The fact is however that the public perceived the tory land sell-off as a final nail in the coffin.

    But, of course, this wasn't the point of the blog entry.

    The point was to urge our MP to be less obliging. Anyone who takes a public role, as I have learned, knows that you cannot please all of the voters all of the time.

    I honestly believe that voters appreciate an up front disagreement more than trying to please everyone and then disappointing them later.