Subject Predicate Object
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a
Resource
External thing
UK Government and Parliament thing
E-petition
Rejected e-petition
UK Government and Parliament e-petition
e-petition has threshold attainment
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e-petition has moderation
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rejected e-petition has rejection
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external identifier
229596
UK Government and Parliament Id
229596
e-petition UK Government and Parliament Id
229596
action
Petitions and the like should be obliged to collect "votes" both for and against
background
Frequently, petitions and similar are reported as having collected so many thousand votes. This only represents one side: without knowing how strong the opposing feeling is, the true public opinion can be misreported - and, decision-makers can be pushed into actions the majority don't actually want.
additional details
The single-sided petition is arguably the modern version of the pitchfork-wielding mob; it is all too easy for individuals or groups to whip up strong feelings. Those opposing the motion can feel disenfranchised, as there is no immediate way for them to register their opposition. \\ Electronic/online mechanisms are particularly susceptible to this problem: for example, YouTube is one of the few such where both types of "vote" are collected - too often, only a "like" option is offered.
created at
2018-10-01T08:17:44.939000+00:00
updated at
2018-10-08T16:16:25.800000+00:00
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rejection has rejected e-petition
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moderation has e-petition
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threshold attainment has e-petition
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