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When we posted an article earlier nicknaming MP Brian Murphy “The Invisible MP,” it was intended as an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek prod at the perception that our MP has done virtually nothing visible in the way of producing results for the people he was elected to represent.
As part of our ongoing research into all things Liberal, our crack Research Team rountinely scours the web for references and quotes. For the past several weeks we have noted a new format at MP Brian Murphy’s website - all photos of Brian are now missing (as is the graphical layout that once adorned Smilin’ Brian’s site).
We are at a loss to explain this prolonged disappearance, but it would be fun to contemplate what has taken place. Some suggest that he is so embarrassed of his party that he no longer wants to be seen in public cloaked in Liberal red. Others thought that perhaps the disappearing act was brought on by a desire to keep a low profile before sneaking out the back door.
The truth is, it could be a problem with his web host - but that doesn’t explain the antiquated information found in the text portion. Most of the last entries are copies from the Liberal Party of Canada website and when we tried to access his most recent newsletter (July 2007), we received an error message saying “Forbidden.” His “Events” page listed nothing in the foreseeable future, and the “Photos” page contained an admission that Mr. Murphy was seen in Moncton with Stephane Dion - but no picture.
Since all contributors to this blog are constituents, we find it objectionable that our MP has seemingly not properly addressed communication with his subjects (er, constituents). As an elected Member of Parliament, he has a budget for staff and should have no problem keeping his website in working order and up-to-date. We would not begin to suggest that we were “Forbidden” from accessing his newsletter because some nefarious web cookie monster identified us as Conservatives, but these things should really be accessible to the public.
While admittedly having a little fun at our opponents expense, we hope that his staff will correct this problem soon. If recent fundraising woes have caused this deficiency, we would be happy (in the spirit of non-partisanship) to seek volunteers to help MP Murphy correct the problem. Speaking of volunteers, if anyone knows why almost all the spam this blog receives is attached to articles about Brian Murphy, we would appreciate help in back-tracking the source.