Letters of opposition or support are often a institutionalized form of public participation in democratic countries. Examples include letters in support or opposition of public petitions and letters of support for the release of inmates.An effective letter of opposition or support should be organized as following:
- Start with a broad discussion of what you are passionate about.
- Provide a specific message of what you want to achieve or the message you want to deliver.
- Provide arguments. You should do some research on the subject matter in order to refine your thinking and to have information to support your view and argue your case. Focus on two or three arguments to keep your message clear.
The following arguments might be of help for your discussion:
- Statistics—has any relevant research been done which could support your case? For example: if you were writing a letter to the Minister for Health about banning smoking in clubs and pubs you might want to find out how many people have suffered health problems as a result of second hand smoke.
- Who has done what. What actions have been taken by the government? By the opposition and minor parties? By organisations who are passionate about the issue?
- Who thinks what? What’s the government’s view? Where do the opposition and minor parties stand on the issue? What views are presented by key organisations?
- Any other interesting facts? Has there been a recent demonstration? Has the issue received any media attention?
- How to write a letter to a politician
- Examples of cases where letters of opposition and support have been used
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