Communities: Charities and Volunteers

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:47 pm on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings 4:47 pm, 13th February 2019

I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman would consider the dichotomy at the heart of his argument—I used the word “argument” in the most generous spirit. The dichotomy is that he is arguing that this increase in digital communication is beneficial to community, but he must know that online shopping is destroying local shops, online media is destroying local newspapers and the virtual relationships he has described are not comparable with real relationships. Clearly, he is doubtful about his own relationships in Croydon, because he has already told us that people do not like politicians. Perhaps he should get out into the real world and leave the virtual world for a few minutes.