E-petition update

I look away from the e-petitions site for a week and suddenly it doubles in size. 

The top five are currently

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to… Submitted by Deadline to sign by Signatures
Scrap the planned vehicle tracking and road pricing policy Peter Roberts 20 February 2007 17642
repeal the Hunting Act 2004. Nick Onslow FRES 15 November 2007 13922
scrap the proposed introduction of ID cards Paul Neath 15 February 2007 5976
champion the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, by not replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system. Dr. Benedict Young 17 February 2007 4753
Reverse the decision not to award D.C Stephen Oake a posthumous George Cross. Dave Brettell 15 February 2007 3518

So, it’s a new number one.  

Other noteworthy recent petitions ask the Prime Minister to:



From special interest groups

make this country democratic (which appears to support a political system rather like that suggested in Yes, Prime Minister for the reform of local democracy);
save walsall (only one lonely signatory backs the call);
to allow the sale of elephants in pet shops in the UK which is supported by the following plea “We believe that every child in the UK would benefit from owning an elephant. It was my dream as a child to care for these magnificent creatures but at the age of twelve I find that nobody takes me seriously. We would like to make it legal to import african/indian elephants from africa/india to sell in pet shops across the UK. Elephants are creatures that children could learn about better by owning their own and keeping them in easily and cheaply converted sheds. Please take my idea into account. Jack Smithies”;
introduce measures to ensure seriously overweight people showing no willing to improve their condition are not given free healthcare.;
Make it perfectly legal for a man or a women to go topless in public if 500 people should sign this petition (presumably from a Newcastle United supporter);
erect a fence down the middle of all motorways to eliminate rubber-necking.;


From Mike Giggler and his ilk  (c) Private Eye

enforce laws pertaining to the practice of archery by boys and men from 12 years and older,for 2 hours on a sunday,supervised by clergy.also to repeal the ban on bowhunting. (which is supported with the following statement, “and if we dont get our demands met we the people of the westcountry will: 1) howl at the full moon. 2) bite the heads off dandilions on st georges day. 3) buy the worlds supply of rough scrumpy. 4) in form vladimir putin where you buy your fish and chips from.”);
stand down from the position of Prime Minister for one day and let a 3 year old have the chance of being Prime Minister for a day.;
become the first British Prime Minister in history to attempt to swim the Atlantic non-stop.;
force all ramblers/walkers to wave a red flag when walking on a “public road”;
wear a head-mounted video camera and have it broadcast live online;

From conspiracy theorists

tell us what really happenend to Dr David Kelly… and Robin Cook. (which simply states in support “fishy” – introducing a Robin Cook conspiracy theory few of us were aware of);

Those that it is difficult to determine if the petition has been written with satirical intent

Introduce new measures to curtail media reporting on state sensitive events and prevent damaging publication of stories covering high profile figures such as Sir Ian Blair etc. (which I’m pleased to note is only signed by the petitioner);
Give the people of England the same rights as the other countries of the UK (I’ve not read this one but if passed it will allow you to gloat if England lose international sporting contests and to be annoyed when John Motson refers to 1966 which are rights we have held in Scotland for many decades);

And finally

BanPetitions.; and

Other e-petitions are available (many with more worthy objectives).

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