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e-petitions, e-democracy

8月4日に政府が立ち上げた、誰でもオンラインでpetition(嘆願書)を作成できる新しいサイト、e-petitions ウェブサイト。政府の職務に関することなら何でも、嘆願書を作って賛同する人々から署名をもらえる。自宅にいながら、政府に自分の主張を届けることができる可能性があるなんて、インターネットのお陰で、民主主義も便利で簡単になったものだ。

政府の情報ポータルサイト・Directgovによると、開設以来、350万人がサイトを訪問、1万4500もの嘆願書が作成され、125万の署名が寄せられた。嘆願書は1年間有効。その間10万以上の署名が集まった嘆願は、House of Commons庶民院)で審議される権利が与えられる。これまで審議対象となったのは、「Convicted London rioters should loose all benefits(有罪となった暴動参加者は生活保護や失業保険などの福祉給付を失うべき)」(本日付署名数22万1606人。過去のブログ参照)と「Full disclosure of all government documents relating to 1989 Hillsborough disaster(1989年のヒルズバラの悲劇に関する公文書の全公開)」(本日付で署名数13万7374人。過去ブログ参照)の2件。


On August 4th, the government launched a new public e-petitions website, enabling general public to create a public petition on anything the government is responsible for. Now you have a power to make for your voice heard, just sitting in front of the computer and create your own petition – democracy is easier and more convenient than ever, thanks to internet!

According to the government information portal site Directgov, the e-petition site has been visited by 3.5 million people since its launch, with 14,500 e-petitions created and more than 1.25 million signatures added. Petitions will be open for up to one year, and a petition that collects more than 100,000 signatures wiil be eligible for debate in the House of Commons. So far two petitions, “Convicted London rioters should loose all benefits” (221,606 as of today. See also my past blog for more) and  “Full disclosure of all government documents relating to 1989 Hillsborough disaster” (137,374 as of today. See also my past blog for details), have reached to the point.

Once an e-petition is submitted, it will be checked by the relevant government department. Petitions will be ruled out if they are: 1) libellous or offensive; 2) not directly a matter for government; 3) about honours and appointments; and 4) the same as an existing open petition. It is interesting that majority of the latest e-petitions the today’s “rejected” top page (see the last image) are related to bringing back death penalty, though those were rejected due to the reason 4). It is surprising many people want the capital punishment back, though people who want to retain the ban are also in big number as well (see the related issue on Telegraph article). I thought that British people are obsessed with ‘human rights’ but public’s ‘honest’ opinions are more divided than I thought.