At any given time there is at least one governmental body or quango inviting comments on something. Few seem to respond.
Executives moan about the quality of new recruits: they cannot spell, or their general knowledge is poor. Yet how many executives submitted suggestions to the various National Curriculum Working Groups? Not many.
When I was fed up with travel agents telling me that I could not fly from Miami to Puerto Rico because they could not find Puerto Rico on a map of Spain, I wrote to the Geography Working Group with some practical suggestions. Its Interim Report listed only 74 other submissions.
More recently, the Office of Fair Trading advertised widely for comments on the proposed networking arrangements for programmes on Channel 3 (ITV). Only 39 submissions were received. Despite the proliferation of universities offering degrees in communications/media studies not one university department was listed as having made any comments. The Monopolies and Mergers Commission was then asked to examine the networking proposals.
Given that grumbling is said to be a favourite British pastime, this comparative silence is extraordinary. Or could it be that we are only wise after the event?