Friday, March 24, 2006

The people behind the surveys

There are three kinds of people who return party political surveys. The vast, vast majority are good, community minded people who want to have their say on the local issues that matter. We have received literally hundreds upon hundreds of these in the last two weeks.

Then there are the two surveys I received yesterday. One was filled with abuse – I cannot imagine what kind of person has the time or energy to do such a thing and then pay himself to post it back. Some of the references to Tory sleaze go back so long I had to look them up on the Internet. It was an amazing work of a seriously troubled mind.

Then there are those with genuine grievances whom we’d like to help but can’t because they’ve either ticked the DPA box and thus we cannot legally get back in touch or have ripped out their details from the letter. I find that totally bizarre as why ask for help or action and then prohibit us from giving it?

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