LETTER: Making most of a photo op

I was surprised to see the photograph of our new MP apparently in conversation with the Prime Minister in the Herald [October 9], and even more surprised to read the accompanying article, detailing the news she supposedly gave him about Eastbourne in the course of their in-depth conversation.

Stuff and nonsense! The truth is that during the Brighton Conference David Cameron’s spin doctors lined up several women MPs to be photographed in turn walking alongside him for the few paces from his hotel to the conference hall. These brief photo ops were designed to counter the widespread perception that the Tory party is run by an exclusively male clique.

To their credit some Tory women took exception to this PR stunt, saying that they hadn’t become MPs just to be used as ‘arm candy’ for Cameron.

But it gave Caroline Ansell an opportunity to tell the gullible locals that the Prime Minister, with all the problems of Europe, NATO deployment, the National Debt and worldwide terrorist threats on his mind, had found time to discuss with her the extension to the Arndale Centre.

Why do they take us for such fools? Why do our parliamentary representatives go on substituting photo opportunities and cheesy press releases for real political action? And why does the local press continue to let them get away with it?

John Pick

South Street

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