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A letter to my MP [Jan. 23rd, 2009|01:47 pm]
Douglas Spencer
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To Andrew MacKay

It's unusual for me to write to you in this way, but having met you at a couple of constituency association events I'm confident that you'll read what I have to say and take it seriously.

As a conservative I believe in "small" government, a government that avoids being excessively intrusive into its citizens' lives, that doesn't attempt to seize powers unneccessarily. I also believe that personal privacy is important, and I further believe that one of the key functions of legislation is to protect the people from the actions of government.

I've been watching the debate about ID cards (and, crucially, the scope of the underlying database) with some unease -- and I'm worried about the repeated attempts of the current administration to obtain unfair access to personal data, and the lack of suitable provision for the subjects of that data to have it checked, corrected and/or deleted.

Now I read that the Ministry of Justice are seeking to amend the Data Protection Act to facilitate exactly the sort of access I'm so worried about.

Please take some time to study the Coroners and Justice Bill (due for its second reading on Monday) and in particular the information sharing clause hidden in part 8. It's important that this matter receives proper scrutiny, and as one of your constituents I'm asking you, my MP, to help the law to protect all of your constituents from the intrusive scrutiny of the current administration.

Thank you for your time reading this letter.

Yours sincerely,

Douglas Spencer
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[User Picture]From: emmajking
2009-01-23 02:33 pm (UTC)
"As a conservative I believe in "small" government, a government that avoids being excessively intrusive into its citizens' lives, that doesn't attempt to seize powers unneccessarily. I also believe that personal privacy is important, and I further believe that one of the key functions of legislation is to protect the people from the actions of government."

Here here! And it's not often you'll find me saying that in response to something that starts "as a conservative", liberal lefty that I am....

3 days and counting to the travesty that is the extreme porn law. I wrote something not entirely dissimilar to my MP about that. Fat lot of good it did!

I find the government very depressing sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: purplecthulhu
2009-01-23 02:40 pm (UTC)
This lot are increasingly depressing. I remember the euphoria when Blair got in but, as is so often the case, the longer they stay in power the worse they get and they're now well beyond their sell by date.

I must write something on this to my MP at the weekend. Of course since my MP is George Galloway it won't achieve a lot, but better Galloway than a New Labour apparatchik.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-01-23 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm a New Labourite through and through when it comes to many policies. However, I've just written an equivalent letter to my own (Tory) MP.

I'm also thinking of joining "Liberty". Shami Chakrabarty speaks such sense.
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[User Picture]From: djelibeybi
2009-01-23 07:14 pm (UTC)
This is a very good letter. Thank you for taking the trouble to craft it and deliver it.

How do you feel about others using the content?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-01-23 07:42 pm (UTC)
Straight copy-and-paste is frowned upon -- and, in fact, if you use WriteToThem to send it, as I have done, they have mechanisms in place to discard copy-and-pasted correspondence. The intention is that people write in their own words.

But subject to those caveats, people are very welcome to re-word this letter for their own purposes.
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