E-petitions 'should trigger Commons debate' says Cameron

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  1. David Cameron, Leader of the Opposition, has proposed that the public should be able to trigger Debates in Parliament through public petitions, such as that on the current 10 Downing Street website. More information available below:

    Daily Telegraph: 7 June 2007.
  2. I fear he may live to regret that, one can see parliament snowed under by E Pettiton debates
  3. If they were for certain questions with some provisos attached , perhaps they could be made to work, and remind MPs and Ministers that they are accountable to the voters.

    And I don't mean anything like the 'How many Ferrero Rocher were consumed at official parties etc'..., but concerns of the public on unnecessary spurious expense claims, and the like would , and should, be accountable and the reasons explained to the voters - and whether we accept them or not is another matter entirely.
  4. Perhaps they could stipulate that only matters which attract a specific number of signatories would be put up for discussion.

  5. ... of course the problem there would be how to avoid really pointless issues being discussed simply because the public found the whole idea of MPs talking rubbish funny and wanted to make sure it got enough votes.

    Could be a bit of a laugh were it not for the fact that MPs talk a lot of rubbish anyway which few listen to.

  6. Hahahhahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahhahahahahhaa


    So his Party can send out a standard letter to upset and angry members of the public?

    Rather like they did for Pun VC , for which no doubt they will claim the credit.

    This man is as slimy and insincere as the rest across the spectrum with very few exceptions.

    Why can't we find any politicians in the 'old mould'? I don't mean that trout Thatcher either.
  7. It's not an obviously bone policy, IMO - some kind of direct democracy would seem to be a good way to try and fight the apathy that's currently gripping public engagement with politics.

    The interesting questions seem to be how to stop the tyranny of the vocal minority and (as previous posters have mentioned) how to decide which issues from the many thousands get talked about.

    Not convinced we can just dismiss it out of hand, though.

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