Wednesday, May 06, 2009

You can email Gordon, but only on his terms

Gordon has finally given you the ability to email him but there is a slight problem.
Dear Prime Minister

I notice that after many months of having no means to email your office you have now added the facility at https://email.number10.gov.uk. However, it is of some concern that whilst adding the facility you have also decided to limit how much someone can actually say to you in an email. Specifically you have limited the amount to 1000 characters only.

This is not exactly a lot is it? In fact it only amounts to about a few short paragraphs at best. Given that you are the leader of the country, and the country is meant to be a democracy, if someone wishes to communicate with you in detail should they not be allowed to do so without arbitrary limits set on how much they are allowed to say?

I appreciate that there may be times when the contact being made with yourself may not be the appropriate channel to use. However, given that you say you want to "listen", how can it be right that you limit how much we can say to you? This email is now too long to be accepted by
I couldn't finish it. Damn!

16 comments:

ConstantlyFurious said...

But not only crap email - he's also got an Online Petition against Dave.That's crap too.

Anonymous said...

Very good, No 10 are obviously expecting lots of emails and are worried about the storage costs, given that they will never be read, they could just send them the /dev/null and save themselves £60.

Henry Crun said...

I only need 8 characters to tell Gordon what I think he should do and that is including the space character.

Demetrius said...

All you needed to say was "In the name of God, go".

Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs said...

13: rocking horse

John M Ward said...

I suppose, to be fair, even newspaper comment facilities are usually limited in the same way, and to the same size — though at least one of the national dailies is limited to just 300 characters, which is rather daft!

I don't think it's the storage that is an issue: it's more likely to be the staff time reading and dealing with longer submissions, which of course is all at public expense.

I don't know how I'd set it up if I were responsible for creating this facility. I think I'd have to impose some kind of limit, but — as a public-minded gesture — I think I'd make it more generous than similar size-limited facilities elsewhere.

That seems to be perhaps the best balance.

Robert said...

I do not know.

When you read this you have ten seconds to move before this email goes Bang.

Lots of things can be said.

joking really MI5

Elby the Beserk said...

Back in January, Jack Straw wrote an article in CiF. Full of his usual shite about our healthy democracy. Left his parliamentary email address at the end of the article, so that, as a good democrat, he could engage in argument with us citizens.

So I emailed him regarding the criminalisation of my 17 year old stepdaughter, arrested for - in essence - being at a demo, where, so we are told, she so terrified two policemen, that she copped for a Section 4 (shortly to go to appeal, some £14k down the line as we are already).

His mailbox was full. As it has been ever since.

Straw - did anyone ever tell you, you are an evil shite-faced cunt?

Anonymous said...

why not just email him at his parliamentary email address?

browng@parliament.uk

Anonymous said...

You need a good editor, Dizzy.

Twig said...

Try this: Text Generator

Sam Duncan said...

“Straw - did anyone ever tell you, you are an evil shite-faced cunt?”Oh, they must have done. Surely?

Howard said...

Limits, targets, standards and inspection are the hall marks of the current regime.

At the Systems Thinking Review we have many articles from across a range of public sector services that show the impact that these are having upon our public services.

http://www.thesystemsthinkingreview.co.uk/

Howard Clark, The Systems Thinking Review

Marc Antony said...

After such an email, it wouldn't surprise me if they just decided to shut the entire emailing Brown down and say that they have been receiving too many complaints about the service and is no longer worth pursuing.

marcantonysjournal.blogspot.com

titus-aduxas said...

I don't need 1000 characters, I can say "F**k off" in 8..........

Grumpy Old Sod said...

I never got a reply to my email. Perhaps McTwat had chucked the monitor after the printer and hasn't been able to read it yet.

I live in hope of a reply, but I'm not holding my breath. God only knows what goes on in the bunker....