Probably Too Polite

On the whole it’s a British failing hat we can be too polite. When people bump into us we often find ourselves apologising despite it not being our fault. And, if we hold a shop door open for someone close behind and others take advantage of it we often say ‘You’re welcome; if thanked instead of just letting the door go and making someone else responsible for getting where they want to be.

The explanation above is because I find that even when silently raging inside about a perceived injustice that warrants a letter to my MP, I’m invariably polite. The British action (via Boris) of declaring the UK open again because there’s a Safety Wall been built around the Country is bordering on insanity. The coronavirus is on the increase in some parts of the Country and it’s variant strains that are hitting hardest. Yet here we are, one of the travel hubs of the world now allowing planes in and out carrying the virus in both directions, probably a short step away from bringing in a new variant that will be resistant to our vaccines. We’re playing with people’s lives. Is this going to be a cull of the elderly to relieve the strain the Government feels because there are too many pensioners? Are they hoping for herd immunity by sacrificing a few thousand people here?

Britain’s Overseas Aid budget has always been reasonable though never good. We have always been minded that not only are there people starving in the World, there are refugees from their own war-torn countries living in the worst conditions possible. There are young girls being denied an education sometimes being marries off at age 12 to men 3 times as old and who end up dying in childbirth. There is still the barbaric practice of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) which, apart from anything else can cost a young woman the chance to have children. This is often called Female Circumcision but is a totally unwarranted medical procedure.

All this waffle brings me to my point (yes, I do have one honestly). I am angry about our failure to keep up our obligations and wanted to let my MP know how I felt while writing to see if he will be supporting the requested payrise for our fantastic NHS staff when a petition is handed in at Downing Street this week. But am I too polite to get my point and my depth of feeling across. I’ll let you decide.

Dear Rob Roberts, I have been very disappointed recently to find that the UK Government have gone back on their commitment to overseas aid for the most vulnerable people in the world. I had also hoped to see some action on delivering our excess vaccine stocks as promised to those same vulnerable people. A lifelong Conservative I find the Government don’t honour their word as we once did and other countries hold this bad example up before us. However I sincerely hope you will be amongst those MP’s supporting a reasonble increase in salary for our nurses and other NHS workers who have made us proud and worked so hard on our behalf during the Covid crisis. Their pay has been kept at a poor level in the years leading up to this and yet they have always been there when needed.

Yours sincerely,

Have a great week, enjoy the weather and keep hugging.

About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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17 Responses to Probably Too Polite

  1. In this day and age of ruthless rudeness, being too polite is a refreshing virtue.

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  2. You got your point across, and that was why you wrote. The politeness might hit him between the eyes. I am impressed that you contacted him at all. Most of us just grumble to ourselves and go on. Well done!

    Humble Hugs for your Honorable Hype

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  3. I think your letter is to the point, David. Let er rip.

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  4. Clive says:

    A good letter, David, but this lot are immune to the idea of keeping their promises, or of doing anything to help the disadvantaged, so I’m not sure what response you’ll get!

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    • davidprosser says:

      This guy is fairly new and may not be too cynical yet. I’ve had occasion to write to the other lot before now and found it hard to separate what I want to hear from what they think I want to hear which they’re not going to do anyway. It was always on someone’s desk for further consideration .I sometimes think all politicians must attend classes in bull-shittery before being unleashed on us.

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  5. jilldennison says:

    I think your letter is great. You know me well enough by now to know that my own would likely have been a bit more fiery, but my way is often not the best way. Sometimes the calm voice of reason is heard above the din of voices like mine that rant. Good job!

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    • davidprosser says:

      I sometimes wonder if letters like mine are shoved in a pile apart from the usual In and Out marked ‘No Rush, not angry yet’ when I actually am..

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      • jilldennison says:

        I don’t know how it works on your side of the pond, but over here, you’d likely get a standard ‘form letter’ response and your opinion would be ‘duly noted’ by an aide, with your actual letter never being seen by the member of Congress (Parliament) to whom it was addressed. Still, we just have to try and keep on trying, for to do nothing …. to do nothing is to give up. Sigh.

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