Category Archives: Mark Harper

Dear Mark Harper: scrutinise the deal

Yet another letter to my MP, as the country comes apart around me.


Dear Mark,

Boris Johnson returns from Brussels with a deal that, according to the best economic assessments, will wipe 6.4% off GDP, with particularly painful effects on economically depressed areas like our own Forest of Dean.

For no compelling reason, this is being done in a tearing hurry, such that the deal is not able to undergo the scrutiny that any ordinary piece of policy would be subjected to. Clearly 48 hours is nowhere near enough to properly scrutinise documents that will profoundly affect the national identity and economy for the next 50 years.

Whatever your feelings may be about just “getting Brexit done”, you must know that this is no way to do it. I beg you at least to vote to provide Parliament with proper time to analyse the deal documents, to scrutinise an OBR report on the economic implications, and to debate them properly both in the House and in select committees.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Mike Taylor

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Dear Mark Harper …

Dear Mark Harper,

Whatever your, my or anyone else’s views on Brexit, it is surely obvious to all of us that no one man should be able or allowed, in a Parliamentary democracy, to shut down Parliament for fear that it will disagree with his own personally favoured policy. It makes me ashamed of my country.

I know it is difficult for a Conservative MP to take any action against the Conservative Party. But if you have any respect for our democratic system, any concern for those you represent in the Forest of Dean, or any political integrity, you will stand — with members of other parties if necessary — against Boris Johnson’s move to prorogue Parliament for his own personal short-term advantage.

The Conservative Party has been stolen from conservatives by demogogues and would-be dictators. Take it back.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Mike Taylor
Oakleigh Farm House #F
Crooked End
Ruardean
Gloucestershire GL17 9XF


I just sent this letter to my MP using writetothem.com. It is quick and easy. I encourage you to write to your own MP.

 

Writing to my MP about no-deal Brexit and suspending Parliament

Dear Mark Harper,

I have written to you more times than either of us probably cares to remember about Brexit, which I believe is a bad deal for Britain and particularly for under-privileged areas like the Forest of Dean. But let us assume for the moment that we both accept Conservative Party policy is to press on with Brexit because of a mandate from the 2016 referendum.

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Asking Mark Harper to back the Wilson/Kyle proposal

Poor Mark Harper. As my democratically elected representative, it’s his job to read what I write to him. I last wrote back in early December, and rapidly changing events have led me to write again. Here’s the letter:

Dear Mark Harper,

I am sorry to write to you yet again about Brexit — this must be at least the fourth time, more likely the fifth, and I assure you that I want this to go away at least as much as you do. But you will recognise that since my last letter, sent on 8th December, the circumstances have changed dramatically, and not for the better.

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My MP wrote to me about Brexit: here’s my reply

As noted in the previous post, my MP, Mark Harper, responded to my three recent letters about Brexit. Here is the letter I have sent in reply.

Dear Mark Harper,

I’m writing to thank you for your careful and detailed letter of 3rd December, in response to mine regarding Brexit. I appreciate your having taken time to address my specific points rather than simply sending a form-letter restating Government policy.

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Third try: writing to my MP about Brexit

Sigh … Third try …

Dear Mark Harper,

This is the third time in three weeks that I have written to you about Brexit, and I have yet to receive a reply to my first message of three weeks ago or my second of one week ago.

This morning the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that the United Kingdom can decide to remain in the EU. And that we don’t need the consent of the other member states. That puts the decision about our future back into the hands of MPs.

The deal on the table falls far short on what was promised, and leaves us without a proper mandate for Brexit. I urge you to vote against Theresa May’s deal, and to vote to prevent a no-deal Brexit in whatever subsequent votes may occur. We are stronger, more prosperous and more influential inside the EU than outside it.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Mike Taylor
Oakleigh Farm House, Crooked End, Ruardean, GL17 9XF

If you have a position on Brexit, I urge you also to write to your own MP. The easiest way is using WriteToThem.

Follow-up letter to my MP repeating my request that he back a #PeoplesVote

I just sent this to my MP, Mark Harper, via the WriteToThem web-site. It is a follow-up to my letter of two weeks ago, which has not received a reply.

Dear Mark Harper,

Two weeks ago, I wrote to you about withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May and her team, asking you to vote against the deal. As I have not received a reply, I am writing again.

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