There is a lovely piece in The Times this morning by Chris Mullin – MP for Sunderland South – who is retiring after 23 years in parliament. The link I’d at the bottom of this post.
After taking us through a misty-eyed account of what he will miss about Parliament and bring an MP he has some sage advice for the 300ish new MPs who are likely parliament for the first time in a few weeks.
‘Take parliament seriously. It is a great privalege to have been born in a democracy and to serve in a political system where, although harsh things are sometimes said, we are not actually trying to kill each other’.
Anyone who is following events in some of the many other elections currently taking place across the globe will realise how pertinent his comments are. Our election is likely to be a negative, bitchy affair but one that is still free, full of debate and once our vote is cast accepting of the result.