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REVENGE IS BEST SERVED COLD.

Byline: DENISE ROBERTSON

THE clamour for a general election is still growing, but we are angry and anger does not make for good judgment.

Never before have we needed cooler heads when we place our cross, unless we want to wind up with a House filled with members of the loonier parties and celebrities shamelessly seeking the limelight.

I despise MPs who have abused their expenses, but I despise even more those who have enjoyed the perks of office while neglecting their constituents. These are the people we need to weed out.

A man contacted me claiming that for years he had failed to secure an interview with his MP, a senior party figure often in the media. When he had accosted the MP in the street he had been brushed off. "If he accosts his MP in the street, what else does he expect," I said. "Every MP holds a regular surgery, he needs to go to that." But the man insisted no surgeries were held. We made inquiries and it seems most constituents believe surgeries are not held, so if there are any they're not much use. They are not mentioned on his website and he is apparently known in his constituency as the invisible man.

If you call his office there, you get the answering machine.

Inquiries continue, but if this turns out to be true I don't care how squeaky clean his expenses are, he's not doing the job for which he was elected.

Before we vote we need to put candidates and sitting members under the microscope and that will take time. Remember, in your anger, that revenge is a dish best served cold..
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 2, 2009
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