Friday, March 28, 2008

Michael Connarty Won't Walk the Walk on Post Offices

Michael Connarty has been all over the local press in West Lothian and Falkirk recently about his desire to save local Post Offices and the services they provide.

Well that week there was a chance for him to suspend the closures he has been so adamaent about over recent months, when a Conservative motion was put before the House of Commons caling for a suspension of closures.

Did he walk the walk to back up all his talk?

Well no actually. In this week's Falkirk Herald he attempts to give his reasons.

"My problem was I didn't support any of the motions: the Conservatives want to break up the Post Office through selling it off, while the LibDems want mutualisation. However, I couldn't support the Government either and that's why I abstained. It was a difficult situation."

No forgive me if I'm wrong but as secretary of the communication workers' parliamentary liaison group he is bound to be privy to enough information to formulate his own alternative motion if the alternatives weren't good enough for him. As an elected Member of Parliament he would have been perfectly entitled to put forward his own ammendments to that effect. So why didn't he?

The answer is plain and can be summer up by his new slogan.

Michael Connarty cares about you local Post Offices just not enough to do anything about it except talk.

Clealy the Liberal Democrats are the only party that will genuinely save the local post offices of Linlithgow and Falkirk East.

Update: The story is now also available in the Linlithgow Gazette.

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