An email to my local MP

I felt it necessary to email my local MP, Stephen Metcalfe (Con), of Basildon and Billericay. It went as follows:


I’m a local of yours, I live in Rectory Park Drive in Pitsea, I hope that if you are voting tomorrow afternoon on fee changes for students that you’ll vote no. The levels of debt that face students after their degree are beginning to get disturbing – I’m not sure I would’ve gone to university were I given such a bill (and already I am in £12,000 debt, for goodness knows how long). It’s not a party political debate in my opinion, some of the progressive Conservative literature I have seen promotes a savings culture for all, so as we all can become recapitalised and not generationally indebted to lenders. A vote against fee rises ensures that a savings culture begins, and the debt culture ends.

As knowledge work becomes the dominating force in this country, and GDP relies on it all the more, degrees in their many forms – arts, humanities, sciences – will be vital; to want to help enrich this country in times where growth is an issue, prospective students should not be fined for their efforts but rewarded. As my experience has shown, a degree in itself does not guarantee a person a job, and even if you are lucky enough to find one, the chances of reaching the average graduate wage packet are questionable (which is higher than £21K). What has been absent from many discussions on fee change is how much social capital degrees have. On this basis alone, I’d appeal to your heartstrings, and ask you vote no. Plus, abstaining is for liberals.

Carl Packman


David What a Mess

The story that made me the happiest today was news that David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West, told staff at Heathrow Airport that Osama Bin Laden had packed his bags for his Virgin Atlantic flight, shortly before throwing up in front of them, and then writing a letter of complaint to them.

Apparently he wasn’t even pissed up, which is lucky since this would constitute irresponsible drinking, an apparent hot potato for our favourite anti-abortion, friend of Israel.

But what, if not booze, made him throw up? Perhaps too much Cake? Video evidence for his dubious paranoia over the subject can be seen here (skip until 02.50).

Here is a picture of Amess in a cake shop in Leigh-on-Sea (via here)


David Amess with Juliette, proprietor of  Leigh cake shop Fancy Nancy

Need I say more?