Today, August 4th 2011 the Coallition Government relaunched their online petition service. This is finally coming good on a manifesto promise for David Cameron, and it will be the mechanism by which petitions getting their 100,000 signatures within a year will get a debate in Parliament. As however, the current runaway winners are on both sides of the death penalty debate, we’ll wait and see!
As anyone who tried to fill in their HS2 Consultation online at the last minute might expect, the website in question is constantly going up and down at the moment, so don’t be put off and keep trying!
This also doesn’t mean people should stop signing the old online petition, as this will be printed out and delivered to Downing St along with the paper copies at a later date. Also, we get the email addresses with that one!
What it does mean is that you have to tell everyone you know to sign this one; http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/353 and of course tell them to keep trying if it doesn’t work out first time.
At least todays mess has lead to a completely true statement from The Goverment;