Thursday, May 10, 2012

Gavin Barwell MP has a decision to make.

From Croydon Advertiser

From Croydon Guardian
Curiously both Brendan and I sent letters to the local paper regarding Gavin Barwell's opinion on the incinerator. Certainly a first. I think I have more faith in Mr Barwell than Brendan. What d'ya think?

Brendan's letter can be read here

Mine is here:

Dear Editor,

Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell should be praised for speaking up for democratic values. At a recent Conservative 1922 Committee meeting, he was one of only two Tory MPs that spoke up in favour of reforming the House of Lords, and replacing it with an 80 per cent elected second chamber. Arguably, his democratic compass is in good working order. It cannot have been easy to speak up against almost all the other Conservative backbench MPs.

Given Mr Barwell is comfortable in taking an isolated position amongst Tory colleagues, I hope he explains to his fellow Conservatives in Croydon, that the proposed incinerator on the border of Croydon and Sutton is manifestly anti-democratic. Local people would choose a reduce, reuse, recycling and composting strategy over a giant incinerator every time.

The success of food waste collections in Croydon shows there is a real appetite for greener alternatives.

Yours sincerely

Shasha Khan

1 comment:

SMOGBAD said...

The current Leveson inquiry makes the political influence of newspaper ownership very clear.Given the miniscule slot given to the upcoming demonstration...and the considerable reluctance of the Guardian string to reflect early opposition to the incinerator...what does that say about the owner..who I understand lives in Wimbledon?

Standing up for what matters