(This was originally posted to Farcebook Notes on 8th of March 2011.)
Today I received a letter, made to look like it was personally from Alex Salmond, thanking me for helping make the SNP the Scottish Government in 2007. They also sent me some lovely raffle tickets to sell and raise money for the SNP to send more crap letters to potential voters across Scotland. 1st prize is Peugot 207! Might buy a ticket myself.
Anyhoo, I decided to respond. Here’s my letter.
Dear Mr Salmond,
I’d like to thank you for your letter thanking me for my help during the 2007 Scottish Government Elections. However I felt I should write back and point out a few things.
Firstly, I wasn’t in Scotland in 2007. That year, I was a registered voter in Rugby, Warwickshire, where I was working and living for 7years previous and didn’t return to Scotland till June 2009.
Secondly, I’m not sure how you got my address. I’ve registered to vote, but when I filled out the form, I requested to be removed from the edited register, so that my personal details and address were not available to anyone with a tenner to request. Unless of course it’s different in Scotland and anyone can get it. Carphone Warehouse seem to be able to type my address into a computer and tell me my fathers name, why shouldn’t the Government. Scottish law is also quite different to English law. But my point is, I’d rather not get unsolicited mail.
And finally. If you were the one responsible for awarding an £18.5million contract to the US company CACI to handle the Scotland Census 2011, rest assured you will not be getting my vote on May 5th. I am disgusted that the Scottish NATIONAL Party would give away much needed tax payer money to a US company, (who have been accused of being complicit in torture during the Iraq Conflict), and in these very difficult economic times. When the Tory led Government in Westminster is cutting £1billion from our budget, we should be keeping every last penny right here, IN SCOTLAND.
How many more Police Officers, Nurses, Modern Apprenticeships or schools would that £18.5million helped? I understand that 6,000 temporary staff will be taken on to do the census, but I’ll bet they won’t get a great deal of cash for doing it. In fact, I’d wager you could have given just £10million to the likes of Edinburgh University, and they could have conducted the survey, employing cash strapped students to help carry it out during the summer months. This would have saved money, helped our students and the information contained in the survey wouldn’t be compromised in the hands of a foreign company.
So no. As much as I’d hate to see Labour or the Conservatives getting their hands on Scotland again, you probably won’t be getting my vote this election. Unless of course you’d be morally upstanding and cancel the contract with CACI, and reconsider a more suitable company to handle the information of 5million Scots.
P.S. I’d actually be very surprised if this letter even made it to the hands of First Minister Alex Salmond.