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Nov. 5th, 2010

02:07 am - Spending Review

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From:johnckirk
Date:November 5th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
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I suspect that this is mainly a problem for form letters (essentially a more verbose version of a petition), and the WriteToThem site specifically blocks them:
http://www.writetothem.com/about-qa#formletters

That's why I made an effort to put this letter in my own words, and emphasised that I'm opposed to this particular cut rather than cuts in general.
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From:rplackett
Date:November 5th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
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I think the letter itself is great, and obviously writing a personalized and detailed missive that shows you have an understanding of the situation and that you are an articulate well informed member of the public goes a long way to making them take you seriously.

I saw and agree with the site blocking form letters... but i still think that the ease of sending an outraged email/posting on a forum/website, coupled with the culture of lively debate that exists on the internet means that there is much less of a threshold for someone sending email and i suspect a much higher number of rather spurious and random communications through those channels.

It is only my guess that this leads to MPs taking e-contact less seriously, but based on that i would say if you want to maximize the effect of of your composition send them something with a stamp on it and demonstrate you care enough to pay 37p for it to get to them.

The question of whether you should include a fiver as a 'campaign donation' to further demonstrate your ardor is of course a matter of personal taste and your reading of the proclivities of your particular representative.
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