The downright stupidity of sme lobby groups never ceases to amaze me. By definition, a lobby group is in the persuasion game, yet with MPs they can be surprisingly dumb-headed. The worst thing you can do is bombard an MP with postcards or standard letters, all saying exactly the same thing, all with identical wording. At some point or other they start having exactly the opposite effect to that intended. They are the parliamentary equivalent of junk mail.
The new version of this is for lobby groups to add MPs to an email list, and bombard them remorselessly with unsolicited and unwanted emails - all identical, all addressed to each and every MP.
My view, were I an MP, is that I would send them straight to the Junk Box. If someone can't be bothered to write their own email or letter, expressing their own views, why should they deserve a reply?
Conservative MP Dominic Raab has decided that enough is enough and any lobby group that sends out blanket emails is being asked by him to remove him for their email lists. But the idiots at 38 Degrees (a lefty lobby group for, well, anything lefty) have decided to misrepresent him and pretend that he has asked his constituents not to email him about anything.
Dominic Raab has set out his position HERE, while 38 Degrees' blogpost is HERE. Make up your own minds.
The only mistake Dominic has made is to ask the House authorities to remove his email address from their website. That's not a good idea as people who have genuine reasons to email him will no longer be able to access it. But I support his campaign against parliamentary junk mail, whether it is electronic or not.