Lib Dem MP John Hemming uses spam filter to stop NHS protest emails
It's amazing what you can do with technology nowadays. Blogger Éoin Clarke, who runs an organisation called Labour Left, has set up an automated system allowing voters to send an e-mail to Liberal Democrat MPs protesting against the Government's NHS changes.
The gadget lets you send your protest with the minimum of effort, and even writes the text of the email for you.
It warns that health professionals are against the changes, and adds: "I am begging one small favour of you. Please vote in an ethical manner; do the right thing, whatever you deem that to be."
I'm not sure the passive-aggressive tone of the email (as if the recipient isn't inclined to behave ethically without being begged to do so) is going to change any minds. But Birmingham Lib Dem MP John Hemming has found a solution.
As Mr Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley) explains on his blog, he's simply fixed his email spam filter to stop the messages arriving in his inbox.
Edit: John Hemming has commented on Twitter:
@jonwalker121 My constituents deserve the right to be able to contact me and not be blocked by Eoin Clarke and his incompetent campaigning.— John Hemming (@johnhemmingmp) March 12, 2012