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Please, please understand that I am in full support of all efforts here (in case I haven't already said that.)  I'm only asking the questions I'd ask if this letter appeared on my desk one morning.  In that case, I'd be some PA to Commissioner X, maybe new in my post.  "Open the mail," Commissioner X would say.  "Rants, stick in the bin.  Queries, read 'em see if you can and reply.  Anything interesting, put it in that envelope.  Answers to the questionnaire, put them in that filing cabinet."

How to get into that "anything interesting" envelope?

So, do we agree that it is impossible to write a non-loaded multiple choice question regarding the topic(s)?

Thing is, I can't see them changing the whole structure because we have found fault, but I can see them taking note of "the form of the questions" for next time round...  

I'm trying to think practically.  A hundred great suggestions end up in the bin because they don't tie to what's feasible on the ground.  I can see it where I work.  The guy from Data Quality bores us for hours about how much we need X, Y, and Z, and he's right of course.  He spends hours writing long messages, paper and e-mail, intranet, you name it, he sends his messages out and is ignored by everyone because they're not that interested and he never gives them simple things to do.  He needs to say:


We're not paid enough to be like other lobby groups.  We have to be faster, smarter, more fun, more exacting, ET always gets to the point, knows what's what etc.  If the survey is a crock, then I think the letter could say so more clearly and be shorter.

Then again, I never was good at meetings or reading reports...

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Mon Sep 11th, 2006 at 08:48:32 AM EST
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Oh, we do say it. We say "stop using 'interactive policy making' multiple choice questionnaires and look to the Biofuels consultation [run by the other half of your own directorate] for 'best practice'".

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Sep 11th, 2006 at 08:53:59 AM EST
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I don't think you're being misunderstood (oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood!), rg.

But I don't fully agree with you. If we're just going to do a snappy, smart, brief put-down saying the consultation is a crock, then we will get shoved in the wastebin, imo. The point of this is that it does go to (I think) sufficient length to argue the case against the questionnaire, and that it will also be sent to the Communication Commissioner whose job it is to look out for this sort of thing, and we will also copy in EP Committees and MEPs. Which I think means it will be read and responded to.

It won't change the face of the earth. I hope it may serve as a basis for challenging whatever "results" DG-TREN try to present as "public opinion" on the basis of responses to the questionnaire. And push the (reluctant) EC a millimetre along the road towards more open communication and acceptance of democratic input.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Sep 11th, 2006 at 09:04:58 AM EST
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oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood!

This is the version I had.

(That pic brought back sudden memories...another strange part of the mind awakens...as if it had been slumbering...and the song isn't even on it!)

Here he is:

looking a bit like this chap:

And to think I never knew 'till now (though I'd heard it) that the original was by the Animals.

But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood


And to place the date, my memory of the Graham Parker album is linked to this:

(Whatever happened to, all of those heroes, all those...shakespearos...we made their ears bleed...No!  We watched their Rome burn.  No!  They watched their Rome burn.  The memory is an unbalanced tool..."I said, somefin be'ah change!")

Afew, I wish you all ze good luck and I offer you ze big drink!

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Mon Sep 11th, 2006 at 10:06:39 AM EST
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Me, it was the Animals when it came out as a single. Eric Burdon's amazingly bluesy voice, Alan Price arranging and keyboarding, God that was when Britain kicked ass!

<Garble burble old fart memories pffflll....>

(Oh, it's one of my all-time favourite songs!)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Sep 11th, 2006 at 10:49:13 AM EST
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Not forgetting Chas Chandler who looked about like Stephen Fry and went on to manage Hendrix ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Sep 11th, 2006 at 04:15:06 PM EST
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Not forgetting Chas Chandler!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Sep 11th, 2006 at 04:28:56 PM EST
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