The Home Affairs Committee and the Overflowing Mailbox

    So today I posted off my submission to the Home Affairs Committee drugs policy investigation. If you don’t know about this, please read this post and bash something off, you have just another 8 days or so to have your say, it really is important as many people who support cannabis law reform do this as possible, indeed right now, probably nothing is more important.

    Being the well organised person I am (honest) I got mine done over the Christmas / New Year holiday. Actually the problem I had was having to keep my spiel down to under 2,500 words, so having wrote a small book, I had to do a lot of editing. But, proud of my effort I posted it off to homeaffcom@parliament.uk, only to have it plop back in my inbox with message

    Delivery has failed to these recipients or groups: homeaffcom@parliament.uk
    The recipient’s mailbox is full and can’t accept messages now. Please try resending this message later, or contact the recipient directly.

    Unbelievable as it seems, the Home Affairs Committee was unable to accept any submissions to its enquiry for at least the best part of a week over the holiday period. How is it a UK Government e-mail box dedicated to an important committee like this could be full? I wonder how many submissions were sent and lost as a result?

    So I sent a test message every day and each time they bounced back until today, so at last I posted off my opinions for their “call for evidence”.

    This could be a very interesting enquiry, don’t miss your chance to have your say on the future of the Misuse Of Drugs Act 1971 – and you can do it now, the e-mail is working.

    • http://www.peter-reynolds.co.uk Peter Reynolds

      I emailed Keith Vaz today:

      Dear Mr Vaz,

      I am the leader of the political party Cannabis Law
      Reform (CLEAR). Over the Christmas/New Year break we have been receiving more
      and more emails from members saying that they are unable to submit their
      evidence to your inquiry into drugs policy. Their emails are being returned
      with a message that the email inbox is full.

      I have at last this afternoon been able to get an
      answer on the committee office phone number. Although your staff are most
      apologetic, no really satisfactory solution has been offered. I have been
      advised to tell my members to re-send their emails starting from Thuresday 5th
      January – only five days before the deadline!

      What really concerns me is that I know many of my
      members have gone to considerable efforts to prepare their submissions and some
      may now just not bother or not be able to re-submit.I am sure I do not
      need to say anything further about how unsatisfactory this is. Perhaps you
      should consider extending the deadline?

      I would be grateful to hear from you.

      Kind regards,

      Peter Reynolds

    • Ian Higginson

      Ah, the lovely Home Office… they’ll do anything to stop you mailing them including putting small mailbox quotas in place! In this day and age of practically unlimited space for your emails it doesn’t help their ‘image’ very much.

    • martyn

      this is not related but ..”Safety campaigners point to a large increase in the proportion of fatal
      accidents involving drug use, foremost being cannabis, since the 1980s”,,,,the guardian ,regarding drug testing for drivers being considered in u.k.http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jan/04/law-drug-driving-roadside-tests

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derek-Williams/1072934911 Derek Williams

      Martyn – I feel a blog coming on about that, watch this space.

    • Cshaws

      They’d have more effect doing random eyesight tests round here!

    • Jbm

      Thursday.. Stoner!!