e-Petitions: We want one too, says Lord Norton

Over at LordsOfTheBlog (a top read, by the way), Lord Norton thinks it’s time for the House of Lords to join Another Place in having their own e-Petitioning system:

The wish to petition the Commons rather than the Lords is understandable, but there are occasions when it may make sense to petition the Lords, including on a particular piece of legislation or to try to get an issue raised. I see no reason why we should not pursue the possibility of allowing petitions to be submitted electronically.

Looks like e-petitions are becoming well embedded in the UK constitution. Already according to Hazel Blears (quoted by ICELE, who are promoting their e-Petitioning day on 11 June):

The UK is one of the biggest petition signing countries in Europe and the World and Ministers are to harness this as a key way of giving local people more say.

The more the merrier?

Saves having to think about pesky issues like proportional voting or devolving power from the centre, that’s for sure.

About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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