E petition MP's pensions

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by civpol, Nov 6, 2012.

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  1. Utter waste of time.

    Government e-petitions = lightning rods to dissipate public anger
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  2. dont sign it then
  3. You could get 60 million signatures and they would take absolutely no notice, but if it makes you feel better - fill your boots!
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  4. Plus the fact that the Govt. vote on any pension changes. It's a bit like turkeys voting for Christmas.You'd be better wasting your time time farting in the eye of hurricane sandy.
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  5. Even if they did change them they'd claw money back some other way. Dirty scoundrels.
  6. Everyone in the country knows there are things wrong yet everyone moans but doesnt want to try and do anything to change it.
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  7. These people aren't accountable, you can't do anything to influence them, if you don't vote others will, they'll be back in power, they manipulate boundaries to ensure they remain in power.
    In short, the electorate can do nothing.
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  8. That's because even when we do try and do something to change it, the powers that be just ignore us.
    Like has been said, even if all sixty odd million people voted it wouldn't change a damn thing.
    Just like the promised vote on the EU and the transparency of the expenses debacle.
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  9. Those "minimum requirements" do not reflect the minimum requirements of other public sector schemes
  10. AAGF


    Flaming torches and pitchforks - they don't like it up 'em ... (RIP Jonesy)
  11. Not true, but there are ways that work and there are ways that do not.

    Obtaining sufficient signatures on an e-petition (100,000 signatures) only ensures that the subject matter of the petition is submitted to the Back Bench Business Committee for consideration. This committee decide whether to initiate a debate on the floor of the House.

    The Back Bench Business Committee, when this Parliamentary term began, was a relatively independent lot selected by a secret ballot of the House. However, after it began permitting "undesirable" discussions on the floor of the House (such as membership of the EU), which the executive found embarassing, steps were quickly taken to ensure that the whips had control of the composition of the Committee, and that the composition should reflect the composition of members of the whole House (i.e. a majority government always commands a majority of members on the Committee).

    So, to put it mildly, the chances of an e-petition ever changing government policy are rather low.
  12. Do you want good MPs or just cheap ones? In my opinion we are paying peanuts and getting the monkeys we deserve for doing so.