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To wonder what is the point of government petitions...

(10 Posts)
EasyToEatTiger Sun 20-Dec-15 10:13:14

If they are blatantly ignored? petition.parliament.uk

AuntieStella Sun 20-Dec-15 10:29:39

It's not clear from your link.

How many, that reached the required numbers and should have received a response or a debate, did not do so?

EasyToEatTiger Sun 20-Dec-15 13:40:52

More information here... www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34476264

knobblyknee Sun 20-Dec-15 14:18:42

To vent, same as half the bloody internet.

Ta1kinPeace Sun 20-Dec-15 14:22:11

They are an excellent way to make people think they have done something and thus defuse frustration while having absolutely no impact at all.

Same with ALL online petitions.
Total waste of time and energy.
Have never achieved anything.

knobblyknee Sun 20-Dec-15 14:25:18

I just signed two of those. But at least two of the 'successful' ones in your link were snubbed.

[https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104796#debate-threshold]

[https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/107166?reveal_response=yes#response-threshold]

Witchend Sun 20-Dec-15 15:29:56

I have an issue with some online petitions. In that you see something along the lines of "starville school in random part of UK I've never heard of is going to be forced to change admissions to take an extra class. This is terrible for the school... Please sign my petition".
You get it on here, you get it fb, you get it on other internet places. And they will get people signing it who have no idea of the local conditions.
Dm's village is 20mph throughout. When it was bought to the council as a proposal, an online petition was shown, with nearly as many signatures as the village. 90% of whom lived not even in the same county, and it's small enough probably most of the people had heard of it.

Silly thing is there is an area of the village (schools shop playground library area) which would be sensible at that,speed. Most if the village, no. Since the bypass opened there isn't an issue with speeding. It opened 20years ago nearly.

EasyToEatTiger Sun 20-Dec-15 17:41:42

The govt says they will respond with over x amount of signatures. Apparently only if they want to.

SilverOldie2 Sun 20-Dec-15 18:05:26

They are pointless. We voted for MPs to represent us in Parliament so I'm happy for the petitions to be ignored.

EasyToEatTiger Sun 20-Dec-15 20:45:50

It's part of a broader picture of ignoring the electorate. If you read what the powers that be agreed on when they set it up.

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