It's been awhile since I've been actively involved with Friends of the Earth, but I still get mail.
Friends of the Earth have run several campaigns, where constituents fill out postcards to send to their local MP on eco issues from the Climate Change Bill to the Marine Bill, to a call for a moratorium on biofuels. It can be hard work for the FOE volunteers to encourage people to get sign up but they do, in all weathers. So far it's proved a successful campaign technique.
Unfortunately, not all MPs are that interested in their constituents' concerns. Step forward Hexham's Tory MP Peter Atkinson. After several such campaigns 'Postcard Pete' wrote to Friends of the Earth asking them to stick their postcards where the ballot box don't shine, and instead has asked FOE to send Atkinson's constituents a letter he has drafted.
The letter, instead of directly addressing the concerns of the campaign just spews standard Tory greenwash.
Such arrogance is breathtaking.
It's difficult to imagine clearer evidence for the often heard accusation that many politicos only care about your opinion at election time.
Then I suppose since he's leaving the job at the end of this term, why should he care what his constituents think?
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