Coronavirus Diary 68 – Today I will be meeting with Oliver Dowden, MP and Cabinet Minister

Today is the day after 6 months of campaigning, witty insults, cutting comments and deliberate government discrimination and impoverished ness; I get to meet with a senior Cabinet Minister to plead my case and those of 3 million others #ExcludedUK

I’m sure I will be politely listened to and ignored as no-one really cares but for 15-20 minutes I will give it both barrels, in my usual polite and honest way.

Since February I have been unable to work not just due to the virus but in the case of tourism as a result of direct government policy and yet I don’t receive a penny of help or any form of assistance.  It doesn’t seem quite right when even criminals get free food, clothing, heating, accommodation and even television and social activities.

Me with Rishi Sunak this year

Me with Rishi Sunak this year

It doesn’t seem much to ask from a government who promised no-one would be left behind or without hope…. yet here I am left behind and utterly without hope.

Not even the opposition Labour Leader has ever spoken up. Maybe I’m just the wrong sex, colour, race, religion, class?  I know being a decent person isn’t very fashionable these days.

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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5 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 68 – Today I will be meeting with Oliver Dowden, MP and Cabinet Minister

  1. Ankur Mithal says:

    What? You can meet an MP to plead your case? What is the world coming to? You want real MPs come to India. The closest you will get is when you wait for an hour in stalled traffic waiting for his motorcade to pass. But I digress. Best wishes for yr meeting.

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  2. padresteve says:

    Nice post. I’ve met several but all at very formal and scripted events.

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    • Thank-you. Yes it is normally remarkably easy to meet politicians in the U.K. We’re very fortunate in that regard and everyones right too. You often see them walking around, on public transport or in the case of Boris even on this bicycle when the Mayor of London. They wouldn’t tend to do very well if people thought they were trying to be distant or superior. I’ve met the odd American politician but when they’ve booked a tour with me. I ask them if they are interested in politics and they usually politely reply “You could say that”.

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