Make petitions fairer!
Frequently, petitions and similar are reported as "having collected so
many thousand votes". This only represents one side of the
subject: without knowing how strong the opposing feeling is,
the true public opinion on the matter can be misreported - and,
decision-makers can be pushed into actions the
majority don't actually want.
is arguably the modern version of the pitchfork-wielding mob; not, of
course, that all petitions are of that nature, but it's
very easy for individuals or groups to whip up strong feelings. When
such a petition is launched, anyone who does not support the
motion feels "locked out" - there is no simple and
immediate way for them to register their opposition, which
makes them feel frustrated. All they can do is try to set up a
counter-petition, which (if done through the e-petition system) is
liable to be rejected, or at least involves considerable delay, which
gives unfair advantage to the original petition (which carries on
getting votes in the meantime).
If you feel that something needs to be done about this,
click here [doing so doesn't commit you; there is a further
stage]. (At present, this only concerns the government's e-petition
If you can link to this page (255soft.uk), and/or mention it on any of
your own web page
I'd be very grateful.
(Any other suggestions - on how to further publicise the cause, or
just enhancements to this page - will be welcome - just click below.)
email me if you want to discuss the