Thanks to my friend Mark Ramsdale for pointing out the confusion in the Cabinet Office over the consultation on a statutory register for lobbyists.
If you read the consultation paper, as I obviously have done, you will see that the deadline is tomorrow, 13th April. I have been struggling to get my response completed in time, partly, I will admit, because I suspect that the chances of the government actually seeing sense and agreeing with me are very limited.
However, if you look at the page on the Cabinet Office website, the closing date is stated as the 20th April. I think I can manage that, so would prefer to stick to that deadline.
But what does this tell us about the people driving this policy forward? I have already expressed my dismay at the lack of rigour in the policy analysis. Now I see that basic organisation is beyond them as well.
If you get invited by the Cabinet Office to a party in a facility for the manufacture of beer any time soon, my advice would be to decline.