OK, he’s a MP rather than a MEP now, but a piece by Jonathan Evans for Public Service Europe annoys me. There are some valid points in the piece on the way the EP and Westminster work, but this is the frustrating bit:
The ordinary voter is used to the role of their local MP – to the point of directing an ever-increasing constituency workload. The MEP, on the other hand, is generally anonymous.
Hell, Evans was a MEP for 10 years! What did he do in that time to make himself known? Why didn’t he build a national media presence? Daniel Hannan has done so. Secondly, the notion that voters even know who their MPs are is wide of the mark – according to Ipsos-MORI only 38% can even name their MP. While there is no denying that better work is needed to highlight what the European Parliament and its members so, people like Evans need to take their share of responsibility for the predicament, rather than whining and projecting the traditional notion that all is fine and dandy with the Westminster system in comparison to Brussels.