“through a megaphone while standing in a barrel of custard”

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?”

From the Newsnight daily email

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.

Click here to vote

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  • Plum Duff

    I think Blair would go for it, if only to get out the barrel of sh*t he’s in at the moment.

  • susan

    Click here for the lowest-tech music video in history:

    One petition that was accepted by the Downing Street webside Government was a petition to change the UK’s national anthem to Spandau Ballet’s “Gold.” According to the Independent, it’s clocked up 2,874 votes. And counting.

  • susan
  • Interesting a petition for Honest govt, uncorrupted Police, goodwill to fellow citizens and a new sense of moral public duty, did not get one vote.

    However, a petition for mass Tax evasion, a booming Black economy, legalising Drugs, accepting corruption and dishonesty being mainstream has just passed 50 million votes.

  • Crataegus

    Yes sounds about suitable for Tony, hope he brings his guitar. London needs more buskers and I would feel happier to see him in that career. The current one is just doing him no good at all.

  • Forecast

    ‘One petition that was accepted by the Downing Street webside Government was a petition to change the UK’s national anthem to Spandau Ballet’s “Gold.” According to the Independent, it’s clocked up 2,874 votes. And counting.’

    If the government passed this idea, would this be acceptable when played at Ravenhill as the anthem of the United Kingdom when Ireland play rugby there?