As I write this I am waiting to find out if my Parliamentary Petition on the NHS has been accepted by the powers that be, as a legitimate petition which they will consider.
The process of creating a petition follows several stages, the first is that you write the words out which will form the substance of your request or demand (you have a maximum count of 80 characters). The computer system then does a quick analysis of whether the same request has already been received. If you pass this test, then you have another 250 letters and spaces of explanation to sit alongside the request and you can also have a further section which is optional. Then you need to get 5 people to co-sponsor the petition. Finally those in control of the system in Parliament get to check the petition out. The website suggests that this should take 5 days or less. Mine was entered into this process first thing on Monday and I am waiting with anticipation. In case it is of interest my request reads:
Establish a 7 day celebration of tireless efforts by NHS workers 365 days a year
My supporting paragraph reads:
My mum recently attended Hospital for a hip replacement where she was cared for by many wonderful NHS workers over a five day period including a weekend. I felt that my few words of appreciation to the staff needed reinforcing through a national campaign aimed at thanking all NHS workers in the UK.
I am sure that the legal department in Westminster is working overtime to consider if this is legally acceptable or if it will cause offence. If you cannot wait to see it in its fullness and would like to sign it in any case (8 people have already done so) the link is here.
However any idea that the people in Westminster are discerning, rather than need two or more days to check out 330 characters will quickly be dismissed when you see what one Guildford Councillor has got accepted onto the same system. His petition which is shown above is an attempt to get the law on treason changed to make it illegal to support Britain’s membership of the EU. Surely this is the sort of petition that Westminster would know is not a credible request? I did send him a tweet to ask what sentence he felt would be appropriate, bearing in mind I do support our membership of the EU, but sadly he has not yet responded. In the meantime I am waiting for my petition to go live.