The following is Richard Bridge's suggestion, which resulted in this thread. PLEASE HELP!
How about everyone writing to both their MP AND the minister, and all posting to a copy to another thread first to see who is supporting the folk music we all write about here, and second to see whether anyone has some good ideas we can all adopt?
How about everyone sending my post above with the draft letter to the whole of their addressbook, and asking them all to pass it on to the whole of their addressbook, and so on.
His draft letter can be found in the other tread.