13 Apr An open message to Tom Watson
Tom, while I can never vote for you, as I live on the other side of the world, I think you’re setting the standard with your digital pledges as a part of your election campaign. You are doing great work as a digitally engaged politician who listens to and understands the concerns of your constituents.
That said, I’ll leave most of the commentary to the UK folk who’ve commented on your blog post. They are closer to you than I.
No doubt, you’re abundantly aware that your constituency now extends well beyond the electorate you represent, not least because you took a principled stand against things like the DE Bill.
If only such a thing could occur in Australia, where, for example, the proposed filtering law’s chief parliamentary opponent, Senator Kate Lundy, is bound by the rules of the Labor Caucus and cannot cross the floor for fear of expulsion from the Party. Rather, she has to play some political games and work from the inside. That’s expected and understood, but it’d be nice if our politicians were always free to vote with the wishes of their constituents (and their own hearts).
I’d say, make your words stronger, though I fully understand that political needs can make that hard.
Continue to make and take a stand.
Make sure that further insidious moves such as ACTA are not legislated for in the UK in a way that hurts people.
Keep up the great work!