Monday 26 January 2009


Sometimes you just want to give them some of it back right now.
Here are petition sites or protest groups that just want you to post or email to the wide and the good.

Here it is in all its glorious simplicity.

A heartfelt, polite and non-partisan request that the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Gordon Brown MP, should offer his resignation to her Majesty The Queen forthwith: delivered right to his door.

Now, who'd want to sign such a petition?


Sue recommends that we go for this Big Brother and Freedom of Speech petition:

"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to stop the proposed legislation requiring Facebook to monitor users' contacts."

Raedwald wants us to stick our necks out and our noses into this consultation:
This consultation covers proposals to amend...the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2003 to extend the requirement on public bodies when producing their statement of accounts to include additional information about the remuneration of senior officer. It seeks views on:
A proposed level of disclosure for senior officers in terms of salary, bonuses, additional payments, benefits in kind, compensation/ex-gratia payments, and pension entitlements.
A definition of 'senior'.
A proposed change to the way staff earning over £50,000 is reported, breaking this down into £5,000 bandings in place of the existing £10,000 banding.

Get those fat cats of the trough, or something - and we've got to 22 June 2009 to create a stink.

And The UK Libertarian Party wants us to send the shirt off our backs to Ten Downing Street with a commentary on the latest Budget. And here's the Facebook page, courtesy of Old Holborn.


The Irish people held a referendum on whether to agree to the Lisbon Treaty. They voted against it. Someone else thinks that they got it wrong, and they're going to give them a chance to get it right. If you feel strongly enough about it, there's a petition to ask their President to treat a second vote as unconstitutional or undemocratic. The petition is here.


Someone thinks that Hamas is in the wrong using children and women as shields to hide behind, and is acting in a criminal manner in fighting in civilian clothing and Israeli uniforms. They also object to the widespread theft of civilian property and resources to wage war. Someone is petitioning the UN Secretary General to pronounce Hamas' leaders as war criminals. The petition is here.


Manners maketh the man.
Mediawatch-uk are running a campaign to ask the Prime Minister to influence Ofcom, the film and TV regulator to prevail on the entertainment media to take unnecessary swearing from their productions.
The great humanitarian campaigns of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to turn Britain’s cities from brutal, impoverished, gin-soaked, child-prostituting, slave-trading hell-holes involved a conscious effort to gentle the condition; that is to make more polite and considerate as well as safer and more comfortable, of the poor.
The reformers usually started with the powerful and the rich; in those days the peerage, gentry and the highest ranks of the middle class, and persuaded them to lead by example to such an extent that Britain became known as the politest and also one of the safest places to live on the planet.
All that has been under attack for decades as stultifying to individual spirits and as methods of class control. ‘Realistic’ language and ‘relevant’ film, drama and soap operas have helped to coarsen and dull the sense of decency of millions – and even the most progressive of teachers find it necessary to blame our nation’s educational and public order decline on loutish and ignorant parents.
From the politest nation on Earth to the terrors of tourist resorts, nightclubs, and football stadiums worldwide; that’s where progressive language codes have helped to get us, with disrespect for self, for others and for all deep and abiding morality growing amongst rich and poor alike. Now the brutality, poverty, addiction and even child prostitution are back.
It’s just not so much fun any more.
People live by symbols and words are the commonest of symbols that we encounter every day. I think our country would be better behaved and safer if more of us respected our language and our culture and our neighbours. So let’s ask today’s rich and powerful – government and the entertainments industry - to lead by example as their aristocratic predecessors did and choose to use their freedom of speech to promote a gentler, more respectful use of language. Sometimes, the great virtue of freedom is that you can choose NOT to do something.
It’s not as if the media approve of the realistic use of every single word in the dictionary, now is it?

The petition is here.


Thieves fall out. Having been one prong in the inflationary housing bubble fork that’s just forked Britain, New Labour– in the genial person of John Prescott is seeking a fourth term in office for his party.

However, he’s hoping to do it partly by helping people concentrate on the big banks that went along with the government’s highly taxable milch-cow of the housing boom and helped so many people get in hock when reality came a-calling. Now he’s advertising an online campaign to prevent the banks paying part of our bail-out taxes in bonuses.

Mister Prescott’s page is here – note that there are some very interesting comments on it from people who have other, less grand ideas about how to deal with the credit crunch – I recommend that you all read it before the comments are deleted, and the link to his Facebook anti-bonus page is here. Why not take a look and see Labour scramble like rats in a barrel to point the finger at their erstwhile tax pumps.

Thanks to Sue for pointing this one out


New from House of Comment is this neat little on-line vote of no confidence widget for those who feel Britain and freedom might be served by a general election to replace the present ministry.
Just a click of the mouse and you can send your opinion to Mister Cameron about trying to force the Prime Minister's hand.
At last something positive to do with the internet that makes you feel good straight away.
There's also a 'get involved' page right here.


Sue, who appears to be Jacqui Smith’s smallest fan, points out that our esteemed Home Secretary plans to, well, here’s what the Facebook site says…


And here’s the biggie of the year. If you believe that country and freedom can be served well by a general election, then Sue points out there’s a Number Ten Downing Street website petition to call for Mister Brown to go to the polls. There’s a deadline to sign up by: 27 June 2009 , and at the time of posting there were 917 signatures: 917.

The deadline’s in our calendar here now, too.

It’ll repeat every Saturday until the 27th June.


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