The remit is “to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury, HM Revenue & Customs, and associated public bodies, including the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority.
Ever since we were recommended by a human rights lawyer to “go for Parliamentary scrutiny via the Treasury Select Committee”, I have been trying to communicate with the Chairman and Committee members:
- first, by submitting our evidence Green Credit for Green Purposes in response to the Stern review
- then, with a supplementary memo: The Stick of Green Taxation vs the Carrot of Green Funding
- by handing him a copy of Creating a World without Poverty – Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Nobelpeaceprize winner Muhammad Yunus
- by letting him know about our online petition Stop the Cash Crumble to Equalize the Credit Crunch
- by writing to him and to the clerk of the Committee to ask for a meeting, which was declined “for the foreseeable future”
- by getting Austin Mitchell MP to write on our behalf.
I am left speechless, but can at least express my utter amazement on this page. How can anybody in his position be so dedicated to “following the money” that he invites the British Bankers Association to Westminster?
Well, now you know what makes him tick in his position of authority as the Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee: feeling important by being surrounded by people with money.
Why should he care for our concerns or the people in his constituency in Scotland? Why should he have time for me and, God forbid, listen to me and the results of my analysis?
Wouldn’t it have been nice, if a former teacher had bothered to find out over what he is presiding when he accepted the job of chairing Committee meetings?
But it’s easier to stick to one’s ideologies rather than think for oneself, let alone act on behalf of others who are less well off…
I just wonder whether he’s ever read the copy of Creating a World without Poverty – Social Business and the Future of Capitalism that I gave him?