This morning I received a response from Henry Smith MP in respect of my email regarding his negative vote in the recent motion to scrap VAT on sanitary products. That response, along with my own, appears after the jump.
You might question why I’m pursuing this line of enquiry; after all, as Mr. Smith “helpfully” points out VAT rules and exemption are set by the European Commission and as such cannot be overruled by the British government. Well, as the outcome of the motion proves, such votes can have a positive impact and drive an issue forward; more importantly, however, I find it curious that a politician who purports to represent people with uteri as equally as those without chose not to prove that by voting in support of those people, especially as this wouldn’t have any negative impact on anybody else. Politically it’s a no-brainer… so why did my MP make the other choice?
EDIT: Nice to see, by the way, that he pushes his “let’s leave the EU” agenda here as well.