Regular readers will know that I sent an open letter to the PM asking for a clarification of his current attitude to electoral reform. I also pledged to share any reply in this column. Well, I have had a first response from Downing Street:
Dear Mr Guy
The Prime Minister has asked me to thank you for your recent letter.
Mr Blair would like to reply personally, but as you will appreciate he receives many thousands of letters each week and this is not possible.
The matter you raise is the responsibility of the Department for Constitutional Affairs, therefore he has asked that your letter be forwarded to that Department so that they are also aware of your views.
Yours sincerelyJOHN O’CONNELL
Well, I suppose we may be able to forgive Tony for not replying personally – especially as he currently has a bad back (from which we wish him a speedy recovery). But I think the point has been missed about who’s views I was canvassing here (I already know what my views are – I was rather more interested in the PM’s).