Yesterday we reported on habitat loss and failure to address by a number of public bodies. Today we raise the issue of the behaviour of an MP, an elected public servant ….
Packham’s stance on the Hen Harrier issue is well known, it has gained him supporters and conversely it has attracted abuse from some quarters. Whilst campaigners might expect to attract criticism and to some extend verbal abuse, is it acceptable that a Member of Parliament ‘tweets’ in support? To make matters worse, the MP in question is a Right Honourable …. For more detailed background on the sorry story see Springwatch host Chris Packham branded “nut job” by hunting firm after Asperger admission.
Bad enough that a business elects to use offensive terminology towards someone with opposing views to theirs, notably someone who is vehemently against illegal activities involving protected birds of prey. But that an MP then supports their stance is quite out of order, MPs are reputedly public servants and it seems wholly reasonable that they behave in a courteous and polite manner?
An honourable gesture in light of the slur, which has the potential to offer more than Packham would be for ‘The Rt Hon’ Nicholas Soames to apologise?
Packham has responded and said: “It’s very disappointing to see such comments retweeted by an MP. “People with Aspergers are not ‘nut jobs’ they are simply different. Hunting Solutions and their supporter ‘The Rt Hon’ Sir Nicholas Soames MP clearly has a different opinion, and we are all entitled to opinions but the issue being is it right he uses such terminology given his public office?
We understand that attempts to contact him through social media were blocked, perhaps a polite note via email might persuade him to reconsider labeling people with Aspergers as nut jobs, and to apologise to Packham for inappropriate and offensive language?
End illegal persecution of protected species and manage the upland moors for public benefit? Then ….