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Letter #17

Dear Andrew Jones MP — I am writing as a concerned constituent. I am a blogger. I have the liberty to write what I want on the net. My blog is at www.ijopona.org. However, I am writing about people further up the ladder. People who I admire and respect. Fifty-three Commonwealth heads of government are meeting for a summit in London this week. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the UK Minister of State for the Commonwealth, lauded it…

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Letter #16

We seem to be having a ‘wholesome’ day here at Ijo Pona HQ. Kathryn is at a Church Parade with her Girl Guide group and I am left to my own devices. Rather than just head back to bed to catch forty winks, I decided to try and put my time to good use. That is, after all, the purpose of being here as a person — you have no say in your arrival or what you…

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Letter #15

The Repeal Bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation in a generation. It will rewrite our laws after we leave the European Union. Those laws affect every one of us — our friends, our families, our children. Laws against discrimination and privacy invasions. Protections for workers, LGBT+, disabled and older people. Rights we fought for and won long ago. The People’s Clause makes sure the rights we’ve gained from EU membership aren’t going anywhere.…

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Letter #14

I have had a dislike of Dr Martens since Emma Wilson kicked me in the shins with her sensible footwear. However, Dr Marten seems to have been having a bit of a resurgence and I have gone and procured myself a pair. They look amazing but I might get beaten up wearing them. I got a bit giddy with Stone’s Got-To IPA and Cyber Monday took its vengeance on me. In Dr Martens words –…

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Letter #14

Dear Andrew Jones, First of all, please let me wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have gained a lot from our correspondence throughout the year. I am signing off 2017 with a final letter to you when I should be working. I work as a freelance website designer so I can give myself the luxury of fitting my work around my lifestyle. The matter I am writing about to you…

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Letter #13

I have the good fortune to be a member of Amnesty and Liberty. They are both Human Right’s Groups who campaign for mankind’s betterment — I figure all I have to do is click a few buttons to express my point of view — how different that could be if I was just born in another country. So, when Amnesty UK emailed me asking for support I jumped at the opportunity — I have emailed another letter to Andrew Jones — Member of…

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Letter #12

I am worried. I am worried for the people of Great Britain and the people who have travelled here to make it a home. So, I did all I can do at the time of writing and sent off venom to Andrew Jones MP — Member of Parliament for Harrogate. The issues in this letter affect everyone. I will type up his reply in the comments section. Dear Andrew Jones MP First of all, congratulations on attaining…

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Letter #11

Now then, this is a matter I am fuming about — I have signed numerous petitions and called on respective MP’s (when in Northumberland and East Yorkshire — China … let’s say I wasn’t represented). The fact that our nation’s policy makers are in-debted to the factions that they may have to legislate against is a no-brainer: ‘McDonalds Healthcare’ & ‘Monsanto Bottled Water’, ’Murdoch News” … (naw wait!) could all be a reality unless these measures are curbed. Dear…

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Letter #10

I rely on the NHS — I make no bold claim otherwise. Without NHS health care I would be dead. Because of the long-term effects of my battle with health, I would not qualify for health insura nce. So, once again, I felt moved to write to Andrew Jones MP. I intend to write a letter a week to Andrew Jones from now on — the Conservative administration is elected but I know of people who have died directly…

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Letter #9

Dear Andrew Jones MP, The Leave Campaign promised that Brexit would not mean stripping EU citizens of their rights — and polling shows the British public overwhelmingly agrees. Yet still the Government refuses to reassure EU citizens as to their rights to remain in the UK. There may not be much that opposing sides of the Brexit debate agree on, but this issue has inspired support across political lines. Last week in an amendment to the Brexit…

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Letter #7

As a member of Amnesty International I receive emails asking me to sign petitions. This one chimed with me. Being on a low income, I would not be able to represent myself in court if I was attacked. The response will be in the footer. Dear Andrew Jones, I am disappointed to see the latest evidence suggesting that the reforms to legal aid introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act…

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Letter #6

Below, you can read the letter I have just fired off to Andrew Jones MP (Harrogate & Knaresborough Conservative Party MP). It seems bizarre that I am having to write about the subject matter – Whaling – in 2016 (nearly 2017). Greenpeace was founded to help highlight the plight of the whale. That was decades ago. Yet, we are still having to campaign to help protect them. In the interests of democracy, I will publish…

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Letter #5

Dear Andrew Jones MP, Thank you for your continued correspondence – it is nice to see democracy in action. Belonging to the Mother Of All Parliaments seems a daunting task. A task that does not always go the way of sense. Brexit was such a case – however, it was democratically chosen by the British public so I bear witness. However, in the run-up to Brexit, the move to dehumanise and undermine the positive contributions…

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Letter #4

Dear Andrew Jones MP, As you may be aware from our previous correspondence, I have a passion for Human Rights and environmental campaigns – it is about the rights of the Munduruku people and the plight of the Amazon that I am writing to you now. As you will be aware, the Olympics will start in Rio de Janerio in a month’s time. As TV crews arrive from hundreds of countries, those in power will…

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