Karl McCartney MP……

26 Dec

‘As readers will be aware I have posted articles about Karl McCartney MP before. I have no personal axe to grind with Mr. McCartney but I feel now, as I did then, that Mr. McCartney’s attitude toward some of his constituents falls far short of what is expected of a man elected to represent all of his constituents’

 

History……

Karl McCartney MP

Karl McCartney MP

I first contacted Mr. McCartney to express my concerns at the draconian measures that the new system of Work Capability Assessments (WCA), carried out by Atos Healthcare, was having on the majority of perfectly legitimate claimants who, through no fault of their own, are not able to work due to ill health.  I interpreted Mr. McCartney’s reply as demonstrating the same response which his fellow MPs give whenever the question of welfare benefits for those unable to work is raised.  This would seem to indicated that they believe the majority of claimants are malingerers who have chosen to live a life of poverty on benefits, although, the impression given is that the lifestyle of the claimants is ‘comfortable’ and that they have a choice, which most do not.

Professor Harrington, who was charged with reporting the efficacy of the WCA and Atos Healthcare’s performance to Parliament, stated that he felt the system was ‘Not fit for purpose’ and recommended numerous changes, many of which have yet to be implemented three years on from his initial report.

Please take the time to read this post –  before continuing – ‘The Welfare State – Putting Targets Above Health’……

NB: I included the letter Mr. McCartney sent in response to my concerns but made no comment about him personally and feel this letter reflects the impression of claimants given by most politicians, as outlined above.

History (Cont’d)……

My next encounter with Mr. McCartney was with regard to concerns which both I and a close friend shared with regard to the recall of Members of Parliament.  We are both members of the ’38 Degrees’ organisation which campaigns on issues of importance to many of us.  ’38 Degrees’ is a well run organisation and sends out newsletters to its members.  During some campaigns they ask that individuals make their feelings known to their MP, as we have been encouraged to do so by the political parties themselves.  They sometimes have a pre-written letter which can be amended or changed if you feel it does not convey your opinions adequately.  On this occasion, both I and my friend felt that the letter was adequate and sent it to Mr. McCartney.

We both received a dismissive reply from Mr. McCartney but felt it was inadequate and had not addressed the issues raised.  My friend returned the letter stating her distain.  It was then that she received a letter from Mr. McCartney which shocked both of us.

Again, please take the time to read the post and Mr. McCartney’s letter – ‘A Disgraceful Excuse for a Politician’……

In Mr. McCartney’s reply he describes ’38 Degrees’ as ‘self-obsessed, self-indulgent and utterly deluded’.  Please feel free to view the ’38 Degrees’ website and judge for yourself.  He then goes on to make the accusation that my friend was incapable of thinking for herself, was inarticulate and then claims that she is ‘clearly so reliant on’ websites such as ’38 Degrees’ having received no similar communication from her.  I wonder if Mr. McCartney considers the highly paid professional lobbyists as ‘self-obsessed, self-indulgent and utterly deluded’ for making the feelings of the people they represent known to politicians?

Finally, as you will have read, I described Mr. McCartney as ‘Disgraceful, rude and arrogant’, an opinion by which, with regard to the correspondence already discussed, I stand.  I genuinely believe that to accuse a constituent of being inarticulate and incapable of thinking for themselves is disgraceful and, that the way in which Mr. McCartney expressed himself made him appear rude and arrogant.

I offered Mr. McCartney the opportunity to reply at the time of publishing, which he declined……

The Latest Chapter……

In early December I had cause to contact Mr. McCartney in his position as my representative in Parliament.  To my surprise he refused to offer any help and, as you can see from his letter, he accuses me of being ‘nasty and spiteful’, of posting ‘derogatory’ comments about him on my blog and then demands the posts are taken down and a formal written apology sent, after which he will consider advising me.

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I retain the right to freedom of speech and will continue to publish anything I deem to be in the public interest and will continue to do so.  This includes Mr. McCartney’s latest correspondence……

I will leave you to draw your own conclusions based on the previous articles and correspondence……

And Finally……

This story appeared on the thisislincolnshire website on 5 January 2012.

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney has come under fire for accepting tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show from the world’s third largest tobacco company.

The Tory MP accepted hospitality totalling more than £1,300 from Japan Tobacco International (JTI), which producesJapan-Tobacco-logo Benson and Hedges and Silk Cut, in May.

The details were declared by Mr McCartney in the Register of Members’ Interests.  Now, health charities have described his acceptance of the tobacco giant’s hospitality as “disappointing” and the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health, Stephen Williams, has renewed calls on the Government to tighten up the regulation of lobbying.

Mr Williams, who is the Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West, made the demand after it was revealed that Mr McCartney wrote to the APPG on Smoking and Health asking for details of how the public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is funded.

The letter also requested details about the number of people associated with ASH who have placements with the Department of Health and other areas of Government.

Mr Williams said: “I would expect every Member of Parliament to consider carefully what message they send out about the importance of public health if they accept hospitality from tobacco companies.”

Martin Dockrell, director of policy and research at Action on Smoking and Health, said: “The Prime Minister says corporate lobbying goes to the heart of why people are fed up with politics and he is right.

“The Government’s tobacco plan warns of the dangers of tobacco industry attempts to influence health policy.  “MPs don’t always know when they are being lobbied by the big tobacco companies because they often hide behind a smokescreen of lobby firms and front groups.”

Eileen Streets, director of tobacco control at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said “We are very disappointed to hear that Mr McCartney has accepted a hospitality package offered by a tobacco company.”

Before winning the general election, Mr Cameron said in February 2010 that lobbying was an issue that “has tainted our politics for too long”.

Existing rules on lobbying say MPs must not place themselves under any financial obligation to outside individuals or organisations and must not act as a paid advocate in any parliamentary proceedings.

Mr. McCartney voted against the smoking ban on 13 October 2010.

I welcome any comment from Mr. McCartney in relation to any of the issues raised in this article……. 

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