Why is it that "as a matter of interest you are the only prospective candidate who has bothered to reply" is typical of a whole bunch of emails that I'm getting every day. I know that when standing for election you get a large number of emails and a lot of post too; so why don't the other candidates take the time to respond to the people asking questions? I try to answer every email I get, with my views and I don't just respond to the ones I agree with – I suspect the other's are just not responding to questions that they don't have 'good news' stories for or agree with. Another example perhaps of having to listen to what the politician does not say rather than what they do say (for example there is still no sign up from the other PPC's for or against either Friends of the Earth or CND's campaigns).
I've also noticed that some of the other PPC's seem to be asking for an address to write to – doesn't this defeat the whole object of email? a quick mechanism to ask and reply to questions. It seems the rest of our PPC's are of a generation where the electronic world (the world of business, the majority and our immediate future) is lost to them (and their vast staff).