Way back on 12 October – oh, practically a lifetime ago – I wrote to my MP about the seizure of Indymedia’s servers by US authorities. No British authorities were involved in the seizure, but it took place on British soil. Like many other members of the public, I asked my MP to investigate how exactly US authorities were able to operate in British jurisdiction without Home Office approval, and what the implications of this decision will be in British law. I’ve just received a reply.

My MP says that a number of parliamentary questions have been tabled surrounding this issue and that the Home Office has not yet responded. I had already read on Indymedia that a group of indignant MPs had got together to make these enquiries, including high profile ex-Cabinet ministers, but it seems there has been no further progress. Indymedia have got their servers back, but still no explanation as to why they were seized by the FBI in the first place.

Then my MP closed his letter with these words:

“I would add, however, that Indymedia provides a vehicle with which people can debate some of the most important issues that face the world at the moment. This is to be welcomed. I expect that future contributions will surround the re-election of Bush and it is imperative that people continue to criticise his neo-conservative policies which, in my opinion, have done nothing but destabilise the world.”

He’s a Labour MP.

If they’re prepared to admit to that much disillusionment with Tony’s alliances to their constituents, imagine how they talk amongst themselves?

Countdown to Gordon Brown: 6 months tops. Hopefully.