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Popular petitions could influence laws, says government

Midnight_Caller
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Popular petitions could influence laws, says government

[quote="Popular petitions could influence laws, says government"]
Demands made in the most popular public petitions could become the basis of new laws, the government has said.
Leader of the Commons Sir George Young said petitions which attracted at least 100,000 signatures could trigger debates and votes by MPs and peers.
Government bills should also go through a "public reading stage" as they progress through Parliament, giving voters greater scrutiny, he said.
MPs and peers will decide how such schemes are to work, Sir George added.
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has promised the "biggest shake-up of our democracy" in 178 years, including asking the public to nominate laws to be repealed, as part of a "power revolution".
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SRD
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Re: Popular petitions could influence laws, says government

That's not democracy it's populist anarchy.  I know the MPs are, individually, our representatives, but the government is our leader, not our follower.
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Re: Popular petitions could influence laws, says government

Thanks for posting Gary.  It's a great way of getting peoples' opinions noted by the lawmakers.  They may not always go with the suggestions but at least they will know the way people are thinking.