A petition, which accuses Dodgy-Dave of causing “devastation for the poorest in society for the last 5 years” is closing in on the 100,000 signatures which are required to trigger a Parliamentary Debate.
If a petition passes 10,000 signatures it receives a response from the Government, while any petition attracting more than 100,000 names is considered for debate in Westminster Hall, the overflow room for parliamentary debate.
It’s not binding but it is the accepted practice. Although, given it is from politicians it might be a pledge, a promise, a wish, an aspiration or just a crock of shite.
The real hoot is it was none other than Dodgy-Dave who introduced the E-Petition initiative in the first place when he entered Downing Street in 2010 in a bid to boost democracy and transparency. We bet he’s feeling pretty pissed about that idea now!
Don’t get excited though, as with most things from Dodgy-Dave, it’s all Wind and Piss and the debate will never happen.