Alongside the general lack of information about prisons and life sentences, there is a knowledge-gap regarding how I could be released. I will avoid the tortuous legalities and boil this down to the simplest elements possible to aid understanding.
There are two methods of release. The overwhelmingly usual route is via a Parole Board hearing. The PB can order my release and nothing could then prevent it. Of course, that rests on getting before the PB in the first place, and it's not the Board who pick the timetable. I have to wait for the Ministry of Justice to refer me to the Board, which they are only obliged to do once every two years. On my present timetable, I could have to wait until the middle of 2011.
The second, very rare method of release cuts through the tortuous parole process. The Minister of Justice could order my immediate release through the exercise of the Royal Prerogative. Come on Jack, what do you say??