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Nick Robinson and that e-petition

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Apparently there is a ‘prat’ out there.

The e-petition website set up by No. 10 Downing Street is gathering headlines again after a national newspaper reported that a government minister had described the person who set up the scheme as a ‘prat’. The e-petition asking that the government’s plans for vehicle tracking and road pricing be scrapped has now got over 1.3 million signatures which Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander apparently plans to ignore.

Yet Cabinet Minister Ruth Kelly hits back by saying that the government has a duty to listen to the public on the matter, and that

“There’s been a long history of popular movements in democracy in this country. People in the past may have engaged in protests.
Petitions are another way of doing that and we as politicians have a duty to listen to the points that are being made, to take them into account and to think about how we frame our argument”

So there you are, it’s part of our long history of popular movements, but this, it seems is not enough to nullify the assinine comments of BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson who, in his blog, once again tows the government line of telling us how good the lads behind the scene have been, and how this will all be turned to the government’s advantage when they egage us all personally in the debate having harvested over a million email addresses.

What a prat!

Perhaps he thinks that we will all happilly allow “Blair’s Big Brother Squad” to drive a coach and horses through the Data Protection Act by adding to the plethora of SPAM that currently deluges in-boxes throughout the internet? Even Mr. Robinson must have heard of email filters (you know Nick – you will be aware that they’re pretty good at filtering emails inside Downing Street).

Thank heavens for Mozilla Thunderbird – spam goes from pop3 server to nothingness at the click of a mouse!


Written by curly

February 13, 2007 at 9:13 pm

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  1. The e-petition certainly shows that some motorists don’t like the pricing idea, but it doesn’t demonstrate that the weight of public opinion is againt it. People will never set up or sign a petition in favour of a road pricing scheme, even if they think it would be beneficial. The positive social effects just aren’t direct enough.

    Dan –


    February 14, 2007 at 9:42 am

  2. Nick “toes the government line”, surely?

    I suppose I should have read the privacy policy on the Number 10 petition site, before signing. Does it allow them to spam the users?


    February 15, 2007 at 2:14 pm

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