Wednesday, December 06, 2006

E-democracy is a fraud

"If you look down the list of Downing Street petitions, is there one, a single one, you can actually imagine making a difference? 4,391 people have signed a petition to scrap the independent nuclear deterrent, 1,629 want Mr Blair to stand on his head and juggle ice cream ('if he’s not going to resign, the least he can do is provide us with some entertainment'), two people have called on the Prime Minister to allow the sale of elephants in pet shops ('We believe that every child in the UK would benefit from owning an elephant'). I would estimate the chances of success of each of these petitions as roughly equal." —Daniel Finkelstein

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