Good to see so many concerned people talking about this. (I've had post gone spectacularly and mysteriously missing too as, I suspect, have a majority of people in SE1). Now that we've tapped into the issue on the wonderful James Hatt-line, it might be time to meet and work out a coherent strategy. Is there a lawyer in the house?
I've emailed Simon Hughes directly, and I'll let you know what he says.
Personally I would be happy to meet 'n' vent, but also want to wait to see if SH advises us on the most effective, tactical form our citizen-actionry can take.
For example, MPs can use petitions or represent lobby groups but which one of those is most effective for our situation?
I think this list is actually the best way to collect the info at the moment. It's a great archive of the issue, and it means that Simon Hughes, any journalists (or the longed-for lawyer) can check out our arguments with ease.
Aha! Some light on where all this missing post might be...
I met a new neighbour today, and she had a 'we had a parcel but you weren't here, come to the sorting office and collect' note through her door - after wondering where months of post had gone, she arrived at the sorting office near the old kent road to be given a huge box containing all her lost post! Bundles, all elastic banded into piles...!!! See you down there!
... I phoned Simon Hughes on Tuesday & told him about this thread, so yes, replies are genuine. Keep him up to it!
Yes, I have actually had a real live (I think) TV licence man at my door. When I told him I didn't have a telly, he said - wait for it- 'but my machine says you do'. I told him where he could put his machine and he then said that it must be picking up signals from a neighbour's TV and how were the flats arranged & who lived where? I said it was none of my business & no, he couldn't come in without a warrant from the police, signed by a JP. His parting shot was that he wouldn't be calling again for 2 years. That was 2 years ago, so I'm getting my heffalump trap ready.
It really is an appalling intrusion and impertinence, that you are supposed to prove you don't have something which you are not obliged to have - yet, anyway. Maybe the next step will be compulsory TVs in every home, compulsorily tuned permanently to the T.Blair channel. (or just there to record & report on everything we do). Was 1984 really 20 years ago?
The whole point is that you are not 'that you are supposed to prove you don't have something'. Merely that they intimidate little old ladies and others into letting them run amok around their house by PRETENDING that you are supposed to prove you don't have something.
Got a package today in the post (minor miracle in itself!) and there was a small rip on one side. Not something that you would normally notice. Except I suddenly realised it looked like an attempt to see what the package contained. Seeing as it was paperwork from my accountant, I figure that's why I actually received it.
Clearly can't prove anything, but its something to ponder on.