As I was last living on the Isle of Wight, I obviously contacted my MP; one Mr Andrew Turner. How that man has ever become an MP is just amazing and just shows how the UK public will vote for anyone.
I originally wrote to Mr Turner fully descibing what had happened; that I had been forced to use an offshore bank, and that the consequences of Mr Darlings actions had been immediate and totally devastaing. Despite writing a very long, descriptive and fully detailed email the response i got was:-
Thank you for your email.
I would be grateful if you could provide me with your home address in order for me to ensure our records are fully up to date and for Mr Turner to address your correspondence.
Thank you in anticipation of your assistance.
Fantastic, not only was the information ignored but he was asking for information I has already given!!!
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A day later, I received another email:-
Thank you for your e-mail
Mr Turner has asked me to assist him in ensuring that this matter is dealt with promptly and to your satisfaction. The office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, if you have any questions or concerns please do let me know.
He shall be seeking further information on this matter and will respond fully when that is available. Obtaining information from others often takes some time, so please forgive me if we cannot always provide that reply as quickly as we would wish.
I can assure you that we will do my best to help you.
I this email, he was telling me when his office was open!!!! What part of 'I am in Australia and pennyless now' did he not quite understand?
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Despite continuing trying to get Mr Turner to at least ask questions of Mr Darling, his actions and terrible consequences, Andrew Turner sent me this! Incredible, and it still haunts me now. 30 Years taken away by Mr Darling. Andrew Turner defends his (now proven wrong) actions and sends me this. The twelve days of Christmas:-
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Amazing how some publicity galvanises an MP, albeit woefully too late and falling way to short of that expected. Not more that 12 hours after I posted this page on the website, i received this:-
Thank you for your e-mail linking to your website.
Mr Turner referred your original concerns to the Government as you requested. You were not happy with the answers and asked him to make further representations to Ministers on your behalf which he did. They have not yet responded to his letter of the 24th February, despite being chased, most recently on 7th May.
Mr Turner takes up all manner of concerns on behalf of his constituents and as you will understand it is impossible to pass informed opinion on all matters. He is not an expert in international financial arrangements so is reliant upon the Government to respond to the issues raised. We will continue to chase for answers to his letter and will let you have the reply once we receive it.
You are already aware that the UK Government has made it clear that they will not take financial responsibility for the collapse of the Icelandic banking system. KSF (IOM) is a subsidiary of the Icelandic Bank, Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander and that would have been the case wherever specific funds were held at the time of the collapse of KSF (IOM).
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has said that the ‘oversight of overseas accounts is the responsibility of the relevant regulatory authority in that jurisdiction’ and the Manx authorities have taken responsibility for the matter and have published a Depositors Compensation Scheme which is currently being put before KSF (IOM) investors.
Whilst Mr Turner has personal sympathy for your financial situation and the fact that your family has fallen apart he does not believe that it is realistic to suggest that the points you have made are likely to change the position of the UK Government. He will make sure that you receive the answers to your questions when they arrive in the office but would advise you that he will be unable to take this matter further as it is the responsibility of the Isle of Man authorities. I am sorry that you may find this answer disappointing, but Mr Turner believes that it is better to be straightforward with constituents (both on the Island and elsewhere) when this is the case.
I am enclosing a copy of a leaflet outlining the role of an MP for your information.
So there we are. He wrote to someone on the 24th of Feburary. Not only could I have done that, but indeed I already had - over two months prior to when he said he did! All the information he gives is already in the public domain and has been for months; nothing new. And because it is - in his view - a lost cause all he can do is give 'sympathy'. Well he may ignore the key facts (IE. Forced to use an offshore bank, bank then told by UK to put money in a bank it then shutdown and finally the money used to give to Cat charities, Labour-friendly millionaires and select public companies) but they demonstrate the UK Governments culpability in my situation and with or without the support of my MP Mr Andrew Turner I shall fight this until i am 6 feet under. The sentence '...but would advise you that he will be unable to take this matter further as it is the responsibility of the Isle of Man authorities.' demonstrates his total ignorance of the facts and what I have actually been saying - namely that I WAS FORCED TO BANK OFFSHORE and the UK Government had a resposibility (it has the ability under clause 27 of the Banking Bill 2008) to return the £552Million it's FSA conned KSF IoM into putting with the UK bank it subsequently shutdown. Mr Turner ignored the key points, deliberately remained ignorant of the facts and took the route of least resistance. Had he, as other MPs did, taken some interest and raised the matter in Parliament, the money Mr Darling took may have been returned.
What an fantastic example of British parliamentry incompetance, a lack of understanding and a complete disregard for the very people they are supposed to represent. It is due to MP's such as this that Governments get away with destroying peoples lives, and sadly the British public (me included) let them get away with it.
Shame on you Mr Turner. And shame on the people of the Isle of Wight who voted for you.