A fantastic response to the Drop The Bill e-petition which soared through the 100,000 signature barrier yesterday evening, and at one time was being signed by over 1,000 people an hour.
Now, before the likes of Duffers comes on here pointing out that this means that 60-odd million people haven’t signed the e-petition, let’s put it in context of the petition site generally.
Right-wing blogger Paul Staines (strange, no mention of Cameron’s drunk tank on his site) started one of the first e-petitions when they were launched last Summer calling for a restoration of capital punishment for murderers of children and police officers. Because it was one of the first petitions, and it appealed to the blood lust of the tabloid press and the anger around the ‘Baby P case’, it launched in a blaze of publicity, including spots on the main BBC news. Guido said he was “putting all of the resources at his command” behind the petition, and that the restoration of was supported by a clear majority of people.
When it finally collapsed due to lack of support it had attracted a pathetic 26,339 signatures.
Dr Kailash Chand has been a GP for nearly 30 years, and he is a passionate supporter of the NHS. There are still 3 full months before his petition closes. If you value the NHS, and you haven’t signed already, please do so… and if there are like-minded people in your e-mail address book, why not remind them too!
And if they want more information, there is a brilliant dissection of Lansley’s folly here… Breaking the NHS.