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Send us a postcard.

Well the next time you go off for a spot of annual leave, that you will have booked up to a year in advance after the lottery of dealing with minimum staffing levels and trying to fit in with the rest of your colleagues…………please, please, please bear a small thought in mind for our overworked political masters and their partners in opposition who are beginning their well earned rest after their toil, trouble and graft at the hub of British politics.

Our beloved MPs have begun their period of leave from the rigours of shouting “hear, hear”, waving pieces of paper about in the house and seeing exactly how much expenses they can get the tax paying public to fork out for them to spend. They have just started their 75-day summer recess.

Just think…………what could you do if your Station/base or department shut for 75 days ?

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9 Responses

  1. Well, it’s not supposed to be a 75-day holiday – they’re supposed to use a fair bit of the time to actually spend some time in their constituency, talking to the people and working on local issues.

    I know they don’t, but that’s what it’s for.

  2. Absolutely no point in ‘talking to the people’ during that time, as they never bloody listen, anyway – unless it is to do the opposite!

  3. I’m on spaniel for a mere 28 days….YeeHa!

  4. I have a long week coming up! Hurrah! I suspect that will be it until Xmas though.

  5. just think of all the expenses they won’t be wasting by not residing in the big city, that’s what helps me get through it…

  6. MPs are a disgrace and should work all year round like us, they shouldnt have second homes paid for by us. Im having problems just paying for childcare and my own home and these cheats are buying kitchens, paying wages to family that dont work etc etc
    Its a fraud.

  7. Contrast their behaviour with that of L/Cpl Kenneth Rowe, an army dog handler who volunteered to stay on in Afghanistan as his base would not have had enough search and explosives cover. He was killed in action the day after he was to have left.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7526937.stm

  8. Q. Why did you shoot 74 MPs.
    A. I only had 74 rounds.
    Joking ….
    Its funny the country runs perfectly well without them. They prove it every summer recess.
    I also keep thinking if a small tactical nuclear weapon detonated on top of New Scotland Yard the Met would run on for years except now and again people would wonder why no new stupid initiatives had reared their heads.

  9. I once had the opportunity of chatting to my local MP over a pint in a pub during the farewell of a retiring colleague (he was in the same pub quiz team as the MP) and was told that the long summer recess was mainly work in writing reports, answering letters and trying to sort out constituents problems. I told him that from then on I would send him postcards from my holidays to show what a real working class person does on holiday. Amongst those sent, until I retired, were from an African village where I was helping to build a school, another from digging a well and constructing a water collection system. The final one was from a leper colony (my wife is a nurse who occasionally works for Medicin Sans Frontieres). I was just one of thousands of his constituents and of no real importance to anyone. To my surprise he turned up at my retirement do and produced all the postcards I had, rather sarcastically I will admit, sent to him. He had kept them over the years and took the trouble to find out not only when I retired but where I would be having my retirement do. I voted for him at the next general election and will continue to do so. The fact he buys his flowers at my shop has nothing at all to do with this decision.

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