An MP without original thought

What happens when your MP doesn’t know how to think?

How does a man who never had an original idea finds his way into parliament?

When MPs don’t understand politics or the issues of the day how can they maintain the illusion of competence?

That’s easy – they just toe the party line and pretend to be in control of the facts (not to mention their faculties). Vacuous back-benchers have followed this simple strategy for years, often quite successfully but only when their leaders aren’t just as clueless themselves.

That’s the unfortunate reality facing Mark Jenkinson MP. When Boris flip-flops and Jenky supports every pronouncement both before and after the U-turn he only highlights the incompetence of both himself and his boss.

Perhaps that’s why he’s more likely to insult and block interlocutors than engage with them. Perhaps he doesn’t know what to say. Perhaps he really is that stupid.

What do you think?

Dear constituents

Two friends of mine received the exact same letter defending Dominic Cummings little lockdown jaunt from our Tory MP, Mark Jenkinson. That’s no big deal. The amount of complaints probably meant a job lot from the printer made sense.

What’s concerning, contemptuous, even is the way that the letter appears to have been written by two different people. It’s almost as though it was forwarded to constituency MPs from Tory HQ with the instruction to add a little personal information to make it look good.
Here we unpick that letter line by line. It’s not pretty, I’m afraid.

Ending the lockdown: Not yet FFS

We’ve learned a number of things since this pandemic struck:

• The lowest paid tend to be the most important contributors to society;
• The least valued tend to be the ones who we need the most;
• The most productive tend to receive the lowest rewards;
• The most wealthy tend to want lockdown to end quickly (some like Tim Martin and Mike Ashley even opposed it in the first place);
• People like Messrs Ashley and Martin don’t really earn their money – they live off the sweat of other peoples’ brows and don’t really give a toss about their employees’ health or welfare.

skynews-stay-at-home-protect_4965713We’re a little over three weeks into the lockdown which, although effective was implemented far too late. That accounts for the rising death toll, especially in comparison with other countries like Germany who heeded the warnings coming out of Italy much sooner than we did. A little over three weeks in which Brits have pulled together and actually started working like a caring society again, with food parcels, accommodation for homeless people and good-neighbour schemes popping up spontaneously all across the land. But there’s no profit in that which probably explains why so many of our wealthiest citizens are calling for the lockdown to end.

Let’s have a look at what will need to be in place before we can begin even to contemplate relaxing the rules. The World Health Organisation recommends that six key conditions are met if we are to have any hope of preventing a new wave of infections after lock down:

1. Transmission is controlled;
2. Health system capacities are in place to detect, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact;
3. Outbreak risks are minimised in special settings like health facilities and nursing homes;
4. Preventative measures are in place in workplaces, schools and other places where it’s essential for people to go;
5. ‘Importation’ risks can be managed;
6. Communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to adjust to the ‘new norm’.

lockdownAny attempt to relax lockdown without putting all these conditions in place risks even more lives, presumably in the name of profit for wealth creators takers like Martin and Ashley. It certainly won’t be to benefit the minimum wage Wetherspoons employees that Mr. Martin abandoned so casually or the minimum wage JB Sports staff who Mr. Ashley wanted to keep working in the midst of the outbreak. Getting these people back at work will profit the company owners and directors, not the working people who actually risk their lives in the service of their Masters’ profit margin.

Many years ago Sir Keith Joseph, then a member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet was speaking with Tony Benn, Labour shadow cabinet minister in a televised panel show. I’ll never forget Mr. Benn’s words and they couldn’t be more poignant than they are today…

“Your people invest their money… My people invest their lives”

I know the lockdown is frustrating but that’s nothing compared to the potential death toll if we get this wrong. There must be no end to the lockdown, however difficult it may be until all these conditions are in place. And when people complain about the loss to the economy remember we could just reverse all those tax cuts for billionaires and multinational companies, remove the privileged position tax havens enjoy in our system of government and all will be well.

For centuries the wealth of the few has been preserved via the loss of many lives.
Now let’s preserve many lives via the loss of at least some of the wealth of the few.

Mark Jenkinson: Outlaw MP?

Mark Jenkinson MP isn’t renowned as a law abiding citizen. His recent conviction for driving without insurance seems indicative of his attitude to the laws that the rest of us are expected to abide by. But he excelled himself on Good Friday with an hypocrisy that speaks volumes about his unfitness for the office he occupies.

When an MP ignores lockdown legislation the message he sends to his local constituents could result in more than just a fine – the irresponsible message he sent in the name of his own aggrandisement could cost lives as well.

 

13/04/2020 Update: Mark really isn’t very bright, is he? He’s left what appears to amount to a full confession on his public Facebook page. I don’t know if the law would take this seriously but I do know that many members of the public certainly will. He’s endangering lives for no good reason in my opinion and ~I have no doubt that others will agree.

Unfortunately I’m barred from commenting on Jenky’s Facebook page but if anyone reading this  would care to pass him this link I’d appreciate it. I’m not one to speak behind anyone’s back – even someone as despicable as our MP undoubtedly is. And to anyone reading this from Mark’s page, please have a look at the section of this blog called MP watch: Mark Jenkinson to get a sense of just who this man really is.

But anyway – to the evidence…

Apparently Mark has arranged for tens of thousands of these leaflets to be delivered, during the lockdown to areas where vulnerable people are situated…

Jenky screeny collage 1

He’s done so via a hand-delivery firm (on street, door to door leafleters in other words) from 35 miles away in Carlisle. That means they’ve travelled to a different town to do work that I think very few of us would consider necessary in these difficult times.

Jenky screeny collage 2

Once here they’ve then gone from house to house, touching letterboxes, garden gates and who knows what before posting Jenky’s propaganda directly into peoples’ homes whether they want it or not. The potential for spreading Covid-19 to these ‘vulnerable people’ is huge and I shudder to think of the damage they’ve done in our community. Cumbria’s already one of UK’s worst hit counties without this egocentric  nonsense making it worse!

Obese psychopathic jenky mark jenkinsonNow I understand, of course that Mr. Jenkinson isn’t all that intelligent and he may well not understand the risk he’s taking with the lives of his constituents. But he is bright enough to know that the law is to be abided by – at least he should – he’s responsible for helping make it, after all. So why won’t he stick to the rules laid down by his own government?

Is it that he thinks he’s above all that?

Does he imagine that lockdown only applies to the little people, the honest constituents who voted for him?