Andrew Jones was re-elected MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough on
12th December 2019.
If you write to Mr Jones about an issue, he'll reply politely If he
thinks you might vote for him in future; otherwise, not so much. Whether
his replies are polite or not, I haven't seen any evidence of action
leading to results, so in my view it's a waste of time contacting him.
In the 2019 General Election, the Conservatives got 43% of the votes
and 56% of MPs. Their campaign was simplistic and often shockingly
dishonest. They failed to explain, or even set out, most of their
Perhaps driven by the strange and worrying Dominic Cummings, they come
across as lacking in ethics or self-restraint. There is a realistic fear
that they are intent on using power not for the benefit of the people of
this country, but to entrench their own privileges and hold on power,
and to attack anyone who disagrees with them.
It will be vital to hold them to account.
Countdown until the next General Election
At the time of writing the Fixed Term Parliaments Act hasn't been
repealed, and it sets the date of the next General Election. This
means the first opportunity to vote Johnson out is Thursday 2nd May
2024. It may seem a long way away, but we all need hope and we all
need to look forward to something better.
This is a countdown until our opportunity to get rid of Johnson
(clock set to run out at midnight on 2nd May 2024):
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert
Jenrick has admitted that his planning decision in favour of Tory donor
Richard Desmond showed apparent bias. Can we expect Andrew Jones MP to
argue for reform of party funding?
Boris Johnson's Conservative government speaks only in propaganda
catchphrases, to the point that most people want their ears stuffed with
Polyfilla. There are some please don'ts and please dos to improve the
current propaganda catchphrase situation.
There's a long and inglorious tradition of propaganda by 3-word
catchphrase. The Conservatives seem to think it's an essential
accompaniment to any election, and they've assaulted our ears with any
number of inanities. I have some suggestions for the next one - vote for
the bestworst one of them.
The BBC is a unique institution which has been a permanent presence
throughout my life, and is a fundamental part of what constitutes Great
It is much more popular than the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson or
Dominic Cummings, but it is under attack by them. The attacks must stop,
and Andrew Jones should stand up for his constituents against no. 10.
Boris Johnson yesterday re-announced a tiny cycling fund, with money
for infrastructure which amounts to a miserly £1.18 per person per
year. He described the fund in a different way, so it wasn't
immediately obvious that there was nothing new in what he said.
'Napoléon's wars were his own wars, made inevitable by his measureless
greed for power, wars which never served the interest of France, wars
for which the deceived and all too patient nation paid with the blood of
its sons...' Those are the words of Pieter Geyl.
Johnson hasn't taken Britain to war, but there are similarities to
Napoleon, in their common disregard for other people in pursuit of
The Conservative manifesto allocates a huge sum to causing increased
congestion and exacerbating air pollution, by building new roads. Andrew
Jones's election literature tried to portray him as a battler against
the so-called Harrogate relief road, but he'll be going off to
Westminster and voting to inflict 'relief roads' on towns and cities
around the country.
Cock-a-hoop after getting 43% of votes in the election, the
Conservatives clearly believe that they are incredibly clever. The
lesson they have drawn from the election is that you win by convincing
people that black is white; and never mind policies, it's the vacuous
3-word slogan that matters.
It seems you can recruit 'new' nurses who already work for the NHS;
nobody cares if you lie about the number of new hospitals you plan to
build. But mendacious propaganda doesn't change the concentration of
greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Post-truth politics don't alter the
laws of physics.
The number of votes needed to elect an MP varies wildly according to
party, and millions of voters are unrepresented. What should the
government do about it, and what should we expect of local MP Andrew