Are E-Petitions a waste of time?
Last year BBC Radio 4 did a short programme aimed at answering this question — They talked about bees, the UK Parliament e-petition website and how petitions have been around for a long time raising issues and creating movements.
However they didn’t really say if e-petitions are a waste of time or not. So let’s do that now in a very short bullet-point, straight-to-the-point manner.
Yes — Petitions are a complete waste of time.
- Many of them are pointless not winning or changing a thing.
- If a petition fails, then the charity has just wasted time and money making a difference, when that money could have been spent on better more attainable things.
- Some petitions are pro, then some petitions are anti. The general public can not make up their mind, so how can change be made. Perfect example is the immigration debate.
- You sign one and then the organisation thinks you should sign another petition, then another, then another.
- There is no guarantee that anybody in authority to change something will see the petition, individual or organisation behind the campaign.
- Signing a petition makes people lazy so they do not go onto taking further action that would actually make a difference.
No — Petitions are not a complete waste of time.
- They raise awareness of important issues.
- It does not matter if the petition wins, because they have already raised the profile of the issue.
- Some petitions do win and they change the world for the better.
- Individuals now have a free way of reaching people to help them when in need of public support.
- It helps charities survive. They gain valuable data on how many supporters they have and how to make a difference.
- Who will speak for the trees? Petitions will.
- Petitions can be just the start of a new initiative, organisation or charity.
So what do you think?
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