The Palace is always reliable: you get a response and your letter gets passed on. The question is whether the Ministers responsible end up thinking and writing. Mr Cameron passed our letter on to Edward Timpson MP who wrote this response. Let’s see whether we’ll get another letter.
In my experience, it’s all a firewall designed to fob off. Let them do whatever they are doing – who cares about the consequences or the damages inflicted.
However, lobbying consists in ‘converting’ others. Given the web now, we can help by sending relevant links. The ‘conversion game’ is different on the web with its memory and the mainstream press that becomes fish wrapping paper the next day…
And it does make a difference whether a Minister does get contacted by your MP or by HM The Queen. Such mail gets ‘fast tracked’. Ours gets to the bottom of the pile.
And on the same day, the Home Office also sent one of those ‘not our remit’, ‘not our responsibility’, ‘can’t comment’ letters.
Still, at least they have been told! Whether they google next, is up to them. What they do with their conscience, too. God help them and us!