Tim's looking for his MP!


One of the advantages of travelling by public transport is overhearing other people’s conversations, accidentally of course. I remember on one occasion going to Birmingham and listening to folk slagging off the Tories. Which in any circumstances is always good to hear! What made the occasion most memorable was that sitting in a nearby table was non other than a certain Martin Vickers MP, who was in earshot of those critics of his Government. When Mr Vickers got off the train at Doncaster, I was able to tell them who he was. Unlike Queen Victoria, they were most amused!

Now on Grimsby and Cleethorpes buses I’m aware that many know who I am. So, any criticism of Labour will perhaps partly be said for me to hear. Yet so far as attacking “the other lot”, I’m naturally delighted to get insight into what voters are thinking, especially during these Covid times when we’ve not been allowed to hold surgeries or go from door to door.

The other day one fellow passenger remarked that “you never see Lia Nici” or words to that affect. And I must admit, I had to agree. For Grimsby’s Tory MP seems to be adopting a very low profile and has done ever since she was first elected last December.

What a contrast to her two Labour predecessors! Austin Mitchell was always in the news, while Melanie Onn proved a worthy successor in that regard. But despite the current state of the country Ms Nici has a very low media profile – the missing MP you might call her!

Given the Tory party’s delight in capturing Labour’s “Red Wall”, you’d have thought all their MPs in our part of the country would be trying to ensure their success wasn’t merely a one off. Instead it feels that they rode Johnson’s “Get Brexit Done” bandwagon, without knowing what to do next.

Mind you, it appears that is the case with the Tory Prime Minister, bumbling from one Covid 19 measure to another and now his tiers of a clown.

Hopefully this lack of action will lead to his downfall, and that of Grimsby’s MP. “Bring it on!” as they say!

Tim Mickleburgh.

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