The Boost Bingo Campaign is well under way, and last Friday North East Bedfordshire MP, Alistair Burt, visited Flutters Bingo in Biggleswade to show his support for the launch. Support has already been shown in the commons, but now MPs are actually being proactive in promoting the campaign in the presence of the people that they represent.
He stated that the club is a ‘strong community asset’, a focal point for the community. We do hope that when he returns to the commons he’ll be talking about the issue of jobs as well, as we all know that many tories still probably adhere to the Baroness Thatcher’s ethos that there is ‘no such thing as society’, so they’ll need some hard financial and job related facts to take convincing.
Even the fact that a recent survey found 61% of British adults said they feel bingo clubs provide an important local service will not cut any ice with many MPs, as their ideological background is of the ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ variety, and opinions on ‘community’ are irrelevant in the face of national accountancy.
The visit is particularly poignant for Flutters Bingo, who are a small chain, and not long ago they lost their Hinckley club, which is now set for demolition. The MP actually called the numbers, and apparently a good time was had by all. Hopefully the press coverage will start making an impact and grab the attention that the Boost Bingo campaign is hoping for.
Well done Alistair Burt, it’s great to see an MP getting out there in the community. Original article.