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THE closed world of West­min­ster can be very bad for those who spend too much time in its ill-lit cor­ri­dors and air­less com­mit­tee rooms.

Com­pelled to spend long days in its precincts, even the smartest and most in­de­pen­dent-minded man or woman, am­bi­tious to change and im­prove the world, is grad­u­ally in­sti­tu­tion­alised.

They stop speak­ing nor­mal English. They stop think­ing nor­mal thoughts. In a re­mote planet of whips, amend­ments, early day mo­tions and points of or­der, they join fac­tions and find that their worst en­e­mies are of­ten on their own side. Their am­bi­tions for the coun­try can all too eas­ily change into am­bi­tions for them­selves.

The re­al­ity of the out­side world fades into the back­ground of their minds.

And this se­duc­tive process has much to do with the wor­ry­ing plight in which the coun­try now finds it­self.

Out­side Par­lia­ment, mil­lions of peo­ple feel that the wran­gling over Brexit has gone on long enough. Well used to com­pro­mise in their work­ing lives, and at home, they un­der­stand the need for mak­ing deals in pol­i­tics and diplo­macy. They can see what so many in pol­i­tics ap­par­ently can­not grasp, that Theresa May’s deal is far bet­ter than any prac­ti­cal, ac­tu­ally ex­ist­ing al­ter­na­tive.

But as the House of Com­mons moves un­stop­pably to­wards one of the most im­por­tant de­ci­sions it will ever take, many MPs seem un­able to grasp this.

Some are ab­sorbed in fac­tion fights, cal­cu­lat­ing that tak­ing a hard line now will lead to a big job later. Some, such as ju­nior Min­is­ter Sam Gy­imah, re­sign nois­ily and dis­cour­te­ously (telling the me­dia be­fore telling their own party leader).

Many seem to think they are stars in a pe­cu­liar, pin­striped branch of show­busi­ness. As­ton­ish­ingly, hard-line Leavers and hard-line Re­main­ers seem to have formed a sort of Devil’s Al­liance against a deal. This is shabby and un­prin­ci­pled. They have en­tirely for­got­ten that they owe their po­si­tions to the votes of the pub­lic and the hard work of ded­i­cated party vol­un­teers.

Well, now is the chance for the pub­lic to re­mind their MPs who put them there, who pays for their salaries, staff and of­fices, and who gave them the power they wield.

The Mail on Sun­day to­day pro­vides con­tact de­tails of MPs from all par­ties who cur­rently pre­fer grand­stand­ing to rep­re­sent­ing their vot­ers, and of­fers its sug­ges­tions for a firm but cour­te­ous let­ter ex­plain­ing to those MPs where their na­tional duty lies. We urge our read­ers to take a few min­utes to send it.

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