This is as excellent example of how a UK Government MP should work. Mr Barry Sheerman has worked long, hard, hours for his constituents but due to the apathy that surrounds him in Parliament, coupled with the downright dishonest and evasive attitude of his Government, he has not been able to get very far at all.
Mr Sheerman may not receive many thanks from his collegues in Westminster but, on behalf of the British Citizens who have had their lives destroyed by the Government, he gets an unreserved message of thanks.
On 22nd January 2009, Mr Sheerman asked the Chancellor how much the UK tax payer would be potentially liable for if the UK Government guaranteed the deposits of UK Citizens in the IoM Bank. Ian Pearson replied (The coward Alistair Darling cannot be bothered to reply to anything questioning his disasterous actions on the 8th of October 2008) with his usual retoric that it was a matter for the Isle of Man Government. Ignoring the fact that many UK Citizens had been forced to use offshore banks as they could not get UK accounts without UK home addresses and that Alistair Darling had caused the collapse of the Isle of Man bank in the first place! Shame on the Chancellor, shame on Ian Pearson.
Following the despicable answer from Ian Pearson, Mr Sheerman asked what steps the Chancellor was taking to protect people who had banked with the Derbyshire Building Society and who found themsleves with Kaupthing Singer and Freidlander when the Derbyshire offloaded their accounts. Ian Pearson, in his usual evasive and morally dishonest manner simply refered Mr Sheerman to an answer he gave on the 26th of November 2008. That answer (To Austin Mitchell was that it was a matter of the Isle of man Government). Shame on Ian Pearson.
In a valiant effort, Mr Sheerman went on to ask the Chancellor what discussions he has had with the Isle of Man about UK Citizens savings that were deposited with Kaupthing Singer and Freidlander IoM. Mr Alistair Darling's side-kick Ian Pearson replied that treasury Ministers had discussions with a wide variety of public and private organisations and that it is not Government policy to divulge these. Totally ignoring the fact that the UK Government had destroyed the lives of British Citizens by its actions this was an amazing and disgusting answer. As an aside, Sir John Butterfill asked directly what discussions the Chancellor had had with the IoM Government regarding funding to enable the Isle of Man to compensate British depositors. Yes, you guessed it - ignoring the facts about why British Citizens had been forced offshore and ignoring the fact that the Chancelor had caused the collapse - Ian Pearson replied that it was a matter for the Isle of Man.
Unhappy with the responses from Ian Pearson (Really!!!? Wonder why?), Mr Sheerman put the direct question to the Chancelor asking what urgent steps he would take to protect UK citizens who had deposits in Isle of Man banks (Remember that without a UK address, 2007 'Know Your Customer' legislation means that it is nigh-on impossible to get a UK bank account, forcing Britsh savers with no UK address offshore). Mr Ian Pearson simply refered Mr Sheerman to an answer given on 5th of November 2008. That answer (To Desmond Swayne was that it was a matter of the Isle of man Government). Shame on Ian Pearson. Shame on the spineless coward Alistair Darling.
On 26th Janurary 2009, Mr Sheerman asked the probing question if the Chancellor knew the estimate about many UK Citizens had lost their saving as a result of the Isle of Man Kaupthing bank collapse. Baring in mind the Isle of Man bank collapsed due to the action of the UK Chancellor, Alistair Darling, the answer from Ian Pearson (Darling's mouthpeice) was contrite; "Arrangements for depositors in banks in the Isle of Man are a matter for the Government of the Isle of Man". Shame on Ian Pearson. Shame on Alistair Darling. Shame on the UK Labour Government.
On 2nd of April 2009, Mr Sheerman asked the Chancellor if he would relax the restriction on assets held by Kaupthing IoM so that its UK depositors could be helped. Unfortunatley Ian Pearson gave his usual answer about it being a matter for the Isle of Man. Shame on Ian Pearson.
These are just a few examples of an MP standing up for his constituents, realising the seriousness of the issue and fighting for justice on behalf of British Citizens. It is unfortunate that he had little support from other MPs and was easliy fobbed off by the disgusting Ian Pearson (on behalf of the spineless Chancellor Alistair Darling) but at least he tried. It is also interesting to note that in all Ian Pearson's answers concerning the IoM Kaupthing banking disaster that Alistair Darling caused, the total 'Was the repy helpful' votes on the 'theyworkforyou' website is 649 'No's' and 1 'Yes'. Speaks for itself.