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Since when do governments have petitions?

June 19, 2022 9:32 PM
By Peter Dobbs
Originally published by Derbyshire Dales Liberal Democrats

Are the Tories underestimating their supporters?

Manchester Piccadilly train stationYou may have noticed some Tory sponsored click bait concerning the possible rail strike

Clicking on a link asking the rather misleading question "Will you help stop the strikes", you are taken to a page that simply asks you to sign a petition condemning the strike.

Apart from this cynical attempt to harvest emails for Conservative party political purposes we need to pause and consider what this campaign represents.

Do the Tories really think that the only thing they can do to avert a strike is to have a petition?

The same Tory government whose withdrawal of £2bn of funding from the railways post pandemic might be regarded as a significant factor in the problems faced by Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies?

Do they really believe their supporters will think that a petition will make any difference?

I am not sure which is more alarming - the Conservative Party actually believing that this petition will solve the problem, or

members of the public believing it.