Monday, 9 December 2013

More on the Royal Mail and water-based paints.

Following on from my previous post, here's an update from Leon Pengilly, who's spearheading the protest. I make no apologies for taking up blog space with this: PLEASE spread the word.
"In the meantime though, we still need to grow the support, and get this noticed on a national scale by the mainstream media. To do this, we're asking you to help out by doing two things: 
1. Write to your local MP, using the template which can be found on our new Facebook page here: (modify it to suit if you wish). A full list of UK MP's listed by their consituency can be found here: If you get a response, please let us know on the Facebook page, or by email to me directly at 
2. Write to any local newspapers or other media in your area to bring this to their attention as well. The MP letter template linked above can be used for this as well, with only minor modification. 
Also, please head over and join our Facebook page, which allows us to keep everyone up to date with the latest news and discussions as we move forward with this. You can also update here as you get responses from your local MP's / media.
Thanks for reading, and again, thank you for your support. Please pass this update around your friends, forums and Facebooks, and we'll keep pushing to get these restrictions changed!"
I'd also add to this that Write To Them is a very useful site for getting in touch with your MP. If you want to, first, copy the template email below:
Due to recent changes to Royal Mail restrictions, the shipping of water-based paints in the UK is now being severely limited, impacting on thousands of customers and the hundreds of businesses who supply these items.
Over 3000 people have currently signed a petition to have these restrictions lifted and more information can be found here: or by entering 'Post Our Paint' on Google.
We would appreciate your support on this matter and would ask that you raise these concerns with the relevant people. Also, any advice you may have on this matter would be very much appreciated.
Many thanks,
and then enter your postcode in this form:

...and then choose your MP on the next page, paste the template email in the resulting form, edit to taste and send.

Please spread the word.


  1. O.K, done that and added a comment to press the 'Disability Discrimination' button. Unfortunately, my MP is a bit of a lightweight and something of a chocolate teapot. :O(

  2. Please don't just copy & paste the text when writing to your MP. WriteToThem has an FAQ entry explaining why it's likely that it'll get ignored if you do:

    1. I'd like to say that's why I said 'edit to taste' but yes, good point :D


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