MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
What can I tell you? Delivery, canvassing, stuffing … But one funny thing happened to my colleague David Schmitz who is standing as a candidate in Harringay ward (the Ladder area of Haringey). He was out delivering leaflets and came across a group of cross residents on the pavement waiting for the local Labour councillor to turn up to do his surgery. But no show! So David did an impromptu surgery of his own – right there, right then!
The Daily Mirror rang me whilst I was out delivering to follow up on my Parliamentary Question (PQ) about an email that my researcher had received. It purported to warn women about a new drug being used by rapists to spike girls drinks. This drug – Progesterex – would not only make them unable to remember anything or resist – it would also sterilise them. So – my PQ to the Minister Paul Goggins was to ask about the number of date rape cases brought over the last twelve months and what assessment he had made of the drug’s use in cases of date rape.
Paul Goggins’ answer was pretty weak. Firstly he said they don’t collect statistics on date rape centrally. Well they should – clearly. How else can we be sure we know whether it is a growing problem or not? Secondly he said that the drug doesn’t exist – but rather is the subject of a hoax email. But – the Home Office doesn’t seem worried by women being scared by a hoax email and doesn’t apparently believe there is a need to look into who is the originator of such a hoax.
It would seem that the prevailing attitude of the Home Office is simply to not deal with things or care about things. Probably explains why, even though informed that foreign nationals were being released without consideration for deportation, nothing was done.
Bad attitudes from top carry right through whole department.