I've been trying to hold back from writing the following for nearly a week now, thinking that people would worry I was obsessed with Lembit Opik. After all, regular readers will know that he's been the target of many a criticism in this blog. However, since the story was in the Western Mail today, I feel it's ok to comment on it. So here goes...
Last Saturday night, I was indulging in some quality me time. Wales had won the rugby (yay!)so I was happy but I didn't want to go out and face all those smug Valentine couples. Even though I hate the whole idea of valentine's day, and know its just a commerical and tacky event, I was still slightly miffed at the lack of a card. Or flowers. Well, even a flower. Or a book would have been nice. Some kind of token to mark the day anyway. Alas, I'm not that popular - hence the desire to stay in that night.
Anyway, I decided to have a night in watching trash on the television. The highlight was going to be Casualty. To start my evening off, I settled on watching ITV and in particular the new series of Saturday Night Takeaway. It started off quite well. It was cheesy, silly and just what I needed. Well, until they introduced who was going to be taking part every week in a celebrity team challenge. And of course, who had to be one of these so called celebrities? Yes, you've guessed it. Lembit.
Why, oh why does he agree to do things like this? Surely, his Saturday evenings and any other time which goes into rehearsing and filming this programme could be better spent in his constituency, helping his constituents? Does he not realise how pathetic he looks obsessing with being a celebrity, rather than putting his all into helping the people of Montgomeryshire, many of whom are really suffering the effects of the economic downturn at the moment?
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Being an MP is an honour. If he wants to be a celebrity, then he should stand down and focus on that. But he can't do both. I'm all for politicians thinking of new ways to connect with the public and making politics relevant to young people, but he's mistaken if this is the way to go about it. As far as I can see, Lembit Opik is a part time politician who is completely out of touch with reality. Indeed, his main contribution in the political arena recently has been focused on raising the profile of Segways (more on that next week). I'm really looking forward to challenging him on this in the run up to the next general election. I don't want or mean to be negative about him all the time, but what positive things can I say about a man who's totally putting himself and his ego before his constituents?