This morning as I reached my tube station, I was fortunate to run into David Burrowes, my incumbent (Conservative) MP out campaigning. So of course I took the opportunity to inform him that I'd emailed him about the Digital Economy Bill and was waiting for a reply, and then we had a (brief) conversation about what he was doing on Tuesday
and why he wasn't there
He was out canvassing, he said.
There wasn't a vote on Tuesday, he said.
Whut, said I?
Actually, I think I didn't understand him and just asked him to clarify if he meant he wasn't expecting a vote.
He said there wasn't a vote.
Though now I have the internet to hand, I discover I should have asked about Wednesday
So now I'm torn. I asked him why he wasn't in the Commons on Tuesday to vote on the DEBill*. He answered with "On Tuesday I was campaigning. There was no vote."
answer with "you have your facts wrong, the vote was Wednesday, and I wasn't there because xxx."
He did say the Bill was rushed through with alarming speed and deserved more debate, with which I agreed. But while I left the conversation flush with conspiracy theories about willful decpetion of MPs in order to have the Bill passed, I now feel cheated in conversaton by someone too smart and dishonest to give me a staright answer.
Very well. He promised he'd find my email and reply to it. Maybe I shall be better prepared for a conversation than just-had-coffee
*I dislike the fact that this abbreviation looks like an amalgam of "Debi" and "Devil"