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I appreciate that here is not the best place to debate this. However, as a couple of points have been raised by other posters, I would like to explain myself. My scepticism about writing to MPs stems from the political convictions I have. The idea that they take us seriously is one that fails to convince me. Tom Levitt's reply (a mere paragraph at the end of a letter addressing another point I had raised in another letter) was a case in point. I had asked him to lobby the government on my behalf. As my elected representative, surely his job is to represent my views to the policy makers. He politely refused to do that. I think that most MPs (and, most certainly, the government of this country) flout a marked disregard for the democratic process and the views of the people they are supposed to represent. They labour under the illusion that once elected they can do whatever they like with the proviso that they walk somewhat more guardedly around election time. The real value, as I see it, of writing to the buggers is to confront them with the horrors that their cynicism has on the lives of people who have done them no harm. There is always the hope that the humanity which lies beneath the surface will be touched. And that hope is somewhat faded. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk