Brown's office responded to Sally Milsom's petition, which closed in August. It was a shoddy piece of literature, in all respects:
I felt compelled to respond to Brown in person:
Good Lord, man! Couldn't you think of anything original? You know, we went to all that trouble to establish for ourselves that the MHRA is incompetent (and from its own lips) - ie, that it has an assessment process that is apparently designed to not scrutinize drug licensing applications; nor can it provide even the most basic information (ie, about efficacy) and that that it does provide it refuses to expand on; that it stonewalls those who would attempt to scrutinize it; we identify any number of inconsistencies in the claims made by these charlatans and you come out with that pap. Pap that's several years old, I would point out.
Very disappointing. Quite insulting, actually, because it suggests to me that you have a very low opinion of our intelligence, such that you believe we would be satisfied with this. It also suggests that you don't consider us worthy of the time taken to compose something original that actually addresses the issues raised.
Have a nice day.
> From: email@example.com
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Government response to petition 'SeroxatGSK'
> Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 15:09:15 +0000
> You recently signed a petition asking the Prime Minister to "carry out a
> thorough investigation into the drug trials regarding
> The Prime Minister's Office has responded to that petition and you can view
> it here: