(Unlike most “open letters” this one was sent to my MP using the fantastic WriteToThem. I’ve added hyperlinks for context.)
Dear Jonathan Lord,
I want to thank you for highlighting the inadequacy of South West Trains service from Woking. As commuters for four years, my wife and I are sick and tired of trains which are overcrowded, frequently late, and often filthy.
As the answer you received in Parliament shows, the private companies which provide train service in Woking are not looking after passengers’ interests. They are expensive, inefficient and have a reckless disregard for safety.
I am therefore confused as to why the Government is pushing for the further privatisation of the NHS and Police force.
Given the disastrous privatisation of the railways that you have discovered, can I ask how you will be voting on 13 March 2012 on the debate to drop the NHS bill?
While I disagree with most of Mr Lord’s politics, he’s usually very good at getting back to me with sensible answers. I do wonder if the cognitive dissonance will be a problem in this instance.