What can I do but tip my hat to the Labour MP for Tyne Bridge David Clelland after he told a constituent "I don't want your vote, stick it". Some may be surprised by this reaction, they might think that as a Tory supporting blogger, and a right winger I would be waving my arms in faux moral outrage, however, not this time.
You see, David Clelland was brutally honest with his constiuent who wrote to him with his concerns and said he would lose his vote if he didn't change his views. All the criticisms the constieunt made about civil liberties and Clelland's party line voting record (for the most part) were valid, but that does not mean Clelland, or any MP for that matter, should placate them.
Honesty, and principle are a rare thing in the 24/7 media politics of today, and for an MP to be happy to tell a voter he can stick his vote because he disagrees with him is an MP that I would always hold close to my heart. I recall a tale I once heard about a Tory candidate from 2005. I won't say his name but he lost whilst managing to turn the seat into a hyper-marginal.
However, whilst out cavassing he was presented with the situation where a voter shouted from his living room to his wife who had answered the door "if that's the Tory tell him to fuck off". The candidate simply shouted back "well fuck off yourself then". After all what is the point of trying to get a vote where you know you're not going too? Clelland has done nothing wrong, in fact he's a hero for being so honest.