I try to make sure that my political office is about as efficient as possible. The objective is that everything that comes in on a day goes out the same day. The complications of trying to deal with the City Council Computer Systems and the Parliamentary Communications Department and get everything to work do cause some stress.
I have now moved the casework server for the third time. It started on the 6th floor of Canterbury House, moved to the Deputy Leader's Office, the to the Group Chair's office and has now moved to the 2nd floor of Canterbury House. The 6th Floor is the City Council's Computer Department, the 2nd floor is the offices of John Hemming & Co.
The problems with routing over the last few days have basically prevented my office from working. Hopefully, now things will run a lot smoother.
It still remains that I cannot properly access the internet via the Parliamentary Network and have to use my Vodafone G3 card to do that. The PCD don't want people to use software such as Outlook Express.
At least my spam filter is now working again. The parliamentary spam filter is a real pain as it does not warn the sender that they are treated as spam and still requires the recipient to look at it. I have tried to get it removed, but they are as inflexible as usual.
This is why I don't encourage people to email me @parliament.uk Such emails may be taken away into cyberspace by the PCD computer systems never to be seen again.