Andrew Jones MP

Andrew Jones MP
Andrew Jones MP, by Highways England, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

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 policies.

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At the time of writing the Fixed Term Parliaments Act hasn't been repealed, and it sets the date of the next General Election.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):

Andrew Jones MP: government by propaganda catchphrase

8th May 2020

Propaganda poster
Propaganda poster, posted by Kent Wang, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

Read about government by propaganda catchphrase.

Andrew Jones MP: next Tory catchphrase

24th February 2020

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 best worst one of them.

Vote for the next Tory catchphrase.

Andrew Jones MP: leave the BBC alone

18th February 2020

BBC 
BBC, by Yukiko Matsuoka, Licence CC BY 2.0

The BBC is a unique institution which has been a permanent presence throughout my life, and is a fundamental part of what constitutes Great Britain.

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.

Read about Andrew Jones MP: leave the BBC alone.

Andrew Jones MP: party funding

14th February 2020

Liam Fox
Liam Fox, by Chatham House, Licence CC BY 2.0

Does Britain's party funding system inspire confidence, or is it murky and badly flawed?

Read about party funding.

Johnson re-announces tiny cycling fund

12th February 2020

Birmingham Blue Cycle Route
Birmingham Blue Cycle Route

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.

How do these plans compare with the other parties' pledges on cycling investment? Find out in Johnson re-announces tiny cycling fund.

Napoléon in no.10

4th February 2020

Boris Johnson as Napoleon
Composite photo with Napoleon scarecrow photo by Tim Green (Licence CC BY 2.0) and public domain photo of Johnson

'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 personal ambitions.

Read about Napoléon in no. 10.

Redwings 'not British enough' - rabbits

31st January 2020

Redwing, Harrogate Stray
Redwing, Harrogate Stray

Flocks of redwings have been delighting Harrogate residents this winter, but now their presence here has been challenged. They are just 'not British enough', say the Stray rabbits.

Read about redwings 'not British enough' - rabbits.

Andrew Jones MP: decarbonising air travel

15th January 2020

Jet 2 aircraft

Matt Hancock today told Nicky Campbell that we don't need to fly less, because "flying has already decarbonised, and can decarbonise more". Is he right?

Read about Matt Hancock and decarbonising air travel.

Andrew Jones MP: "the People's Government"

14th January 2020

It's cringe-worthy, creepy propaganda, but if you didn't vote for them, are you a "people"?

Read about "the People's Government".

Andrew Jones MP: more roads and no cycling

6th January 2020

No thanks not another motorway
Motorway - No Thanks, by JL57, Licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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.

Read about more roads and no cycling.

Andrew Jones MP: an unfair electoral system

22nd December 2019

Votes per MP for different parties at the 2019 General Election
Votes per MP at the General Election 2019, source Electoral Reform Society

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 Jones?

Read about an unfair electoral system.

Andrew Jones MP: analysis of the election result

17th December 2019

General election results 2019
General election results 2019, source The Guardian, click to enlarge

The Conservatives won 43.6% of the vote - more than any other party, but NOT more than half of the votes.

If you listened to cock-a-hoop Tories in the aftermath of the election, you would think that a majority of British people had voted for them, and given them an 'overwhelming mandate'. But they didn't.

Read an analysis of the election result.

Andrew Jones MP and Brexit.