The BBC’s Newsnight team are questioning the validity of Downing Street’s online public petitions system, in particular the recent report of a million plus signatures on a roads issue which prompted the Transport Secretary to make a public response. And to illustrate the point they’ve chosen a wonderful and noble cause which I urge all readers to support
“Would you petition the Prime Minister to sing “We’re Going To Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line” through a megaphone while standing in a barrel of custard outside Parliament?”
In tonight’s programme Newsnight will be asking how good an indicator of public opinion such petitions really are.
And by way of illustration, we’re giving you the chance to support a petition that was reportedly rejected by the Downing Street website because it was outside the remit of the Government.
Submitted by “Tez Burke of Gun-totin’ Badgers for Jesus”, the proposed petition read:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to sing “We’re Going To Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line” through a megaphone while standing in a barrel of custard outside Parliament.
Our own version is somewhat simplified, and won’t require you to leave your name or other personal details – a one-click “yes” or “no” vote via our website is all that’s required.