BLand Beith Dismisseth us
Sir Alan Beith, our nearest cross- the- border MP has complained that the Parliamentary summer break is too long as you can read here
Not to worry plenty of time to catch up with constituency business. So it was very good to see him, yesterday evening, attending to Foreign Affairs issues across the wild frontier at the closing night of the Paxton Music Festival. He may have even been able to tack on some business with constituents as well as soak up the culture.
He is not Huttonian's MP and my only dealings with him have been fleeting and unsatisfactory. I once tackled him about the appallingly off hand, uncaring and insensitive treatment that two of our very elderly friends received at the Berwick Infirmary in a ward dedicated(is that the right word) to geriatrics. One of whom died there the other, passed away shortly after he had been shunted down to Northumberland with (as it happened) a few hours to live. Sir A (then plain Mr A) listened to my pitch and indicated that he found it most surprising and positively unconvincing: " My mother had excellent treatment there" And that, seemingly, was that. Treated the MP's mother well! There's a surprise for you.
He ended by saying that if I insisted I could write to him. But it as was clear from his demeanour which of his letter trays mine would end up in.
Did I bother?
Labels: Berwick Infirmary. MP for Berwick, Sir Alan Beith