Much has been said on this and much more, and yet unusual for a by election there is an obvious moral dimension here.
We have an MP who has had to resign in disgrace and a Conservative Candidate who has shown a lack of due thought, care, and consideration, to what her duties as an MP. That is if you take into account her comments recorded by David Aaronovich in 2005, for which, I fail to see, we have seen an apology for.
In it she is quoted as saying:
'With an increasing number of immigrants and asylum seekers,' she
told one newspaper, 'then the pot is reduced for the rest of us.' This,
of course, is inaccurate as far as immigrants go, but I've interrupted
her. She went on: 'Mr Blair has got to stop focusing on issues around
the world such as Afghanistan and Aids in Africa and concentrate on
the issues that affect the people of Middle England, like myself who pay
the taxes which keep the country going.' Then came this line. 'I don't
care about refugees. I care about my little boy and I want the treatment
As Aaronovich stated later, her concern for autism has been blighted by these unfortunate comments.
The fact is this does not only show a general lack of concern and consideration on her part, it also shows a lack of judgement, a lack of foresight, a lack of understanding and empathy of issues outside her own immediate environment and those are not qualities an MP should have! I ask the people of Eastleigh who are inclined to vote Conservative, do you really want an MP with such a scatter gun approach and an insulting repertoire towards global issues!