Email sent to major political parties

Forgive me, I grew impatient. It has been more than two weeks since I sent letters to the political parties and received a reply (nay, an acknowledgement) from only the Conservative Party. I thought, perhaps, there were more appropriate places to send the request for more policy information than to the campaign headquarters. Indeed, for some of the parties, there appear to be such places.

I have just sent emails (or completed web forms) to the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, the United Kingdom Independence Party and the Green Party. The Conservatives advised me to contact the Government Equalities Office, so I shall await their reply. The email contained an almost-carbon-copy of the original letter, save for a note at the start of the message noting that I have already sent a letter (dated 16th September).

Hopefully I should get some responses soon.

I should add that I may have, in haste and carelessness, asked UKIP for the Green Party’s policy. I apologise openly for that oversight. However, I hope they can understand that this is my greatest concern and my alliances may be forged by an appropriate response and that I am not contacting them in isolation because of this.

A reply from The Conservative Party

This morning I received my first reply to the letters I sent to some political parties. The Conservatives win for speed in sending me a response. However, the good news rather ends there. Having asked the Conservatives what their policy towards promoting and protecting asexuals, this was their response.

Dear Mr Broughton,

I am writing on behalf of the Party Chairman, The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, who has asked me to thank you for your letter of 16th September.

It is good of you to get in touch and make us aware of your thoughts.

It is most appropriate for correspondence regarding specific issues such as this to be directed to the Government, rather than the Conservative Party. In light of this, I would encourage you to contact the Department for Women and Equalities directly by writing to 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

Thank you, once again, for taking the time and trouble to get in touch.

Yours sincerely,
Oliver Wells
Office of the Party Chairmen
Conservative Campaign Headquarters

Now, this seems to me a bit peculiar. Why would a question about a party’s policy towards asexuality be better addressed to the Government? I can only infer from this that the Conservative Party have no such policy and no intention to introduce a policy. However, you can read for yourselves the letter that I sent to the Conservative Party Headquarters and their reply in full and allow you to reach your own conclusions.

In the meantime, I will work on a letter to the Department for Women and Equalities (to whom I had planned on sending a letter anyway) to ask for the Conservative Party’s policy on asexual equality.

Obligatory Christmas

By |November 9th, 2010|Quick thoughts|1 Comment

Christmas is about giving. Most of us agree on that. The expression of our love, care and interest in those close to us is how we celebrate Christmas. But that is changing.

I have heard of at least institution that has proclaimed:

“We have decided this year that instead of sending Christmas cards to each other, we will all donate to a charity.”

Although clearly well-intentioned, it strikes me that there are several things wrong with this directorate (for it was neither a proposition nor a collective decision).

If you don’t understand my gripe, then consider being told not to send Christmas cards at all. In isolation, this seems to me to be an unreasonable order. Also consider being told to donate to a charity of someone else’s choosing.

Both seem a little unsavoury: but when one is used to “offset” the other, combined with the collective pressure placed upon yourself, your peers and colleagues to contribute to a group effort, you might feel compelled to take part.

But why are these two requests combined? Why don’t they suggest that instead of decorating the staff room with tinsel and holly, everyone should donate to the local cat shelter? Why not cancel the Nativity play and ask the children to bring in tins of ravioli for the old people’s home?

Or… you can choose to give people Christmas cards and, if you feel so inclined, you could donate to a charity that you feel strongly for. It’s your Christmas to give!