Update 13:00 9 April – the petition has been signed by 220,050 people. Any petition signed by over 100,000 people will be considered by parliament for a debate.
… well one petition and, later, one fundraiser.
As I write this, and as you see above, this petition on the UK government and parliament website has hit 88,611 signatures in not much more than 24 hours. You won’t be surprised to know I buy into the aim 100%. I don’t think the explanatory sentences with it are that great but I praise John Innes who created it (whoever he is). If you haven’t already, I’d urge you to sign it.
Watching the petition grow from virtually nothing yesterday it struck me that it’s a great example of an individual action that just caught the mood and grew (is still growing) spontaneously. It doesn’t seem to have been planned by any large organisation or be part of some great scheme promoted by a political party. And it’s all the more valuable for that.
One of the amusing spin-offs has been the number of nationalists online who’ve said ‘Aye but how many of them come from Scotland?’ They probably didn’t notice that you can see a map of the number of people signing by UK parliamentary constituency:
It’s a great little map by the way. You can click on any constituency and see the lucky MP who represents it, the number of their constituents who’ve signed it, and the percentage of the electorate that represents.
I was pleased earlier to record the first constituency to hit 1,000 signatories (as I write it’s at 1,596):
Well done Deidre, your prize of the Yes i-pad is in the post even now.
A point on that moan about where the signatories come from: it’s true that some come from English, Welsh or Northern Irish constituencies, but I’d say so what? Why shouldn’t our fellow-citizens from across the UK, some of them no doubt Scots anyhow, have a view on the subject? It’s their country too after all.
Another response would be to highlight a different online endeavour at the moment – the SNP’s attempt to fundraise for their referendum that definitely, oh yes sirree no doubt about that, will be held within the next generation. Sorry, eighteen months.
The begging bowl is well and truly out, although it’s accompanied with the rather odd note, in the circumstances, ‘Your contribution will greatly benefit [not ‘be used for’] the referendum campaign,’ which the cynic might say is just a tad ambiguous.
Anyhow, my point is analogous to the nationalist complaint about where the ‘No referendum’ signatories come from, because on the SNP web site you can click through to their own map of where the khunas, bhats, dollars and bitcoins are pouring in from, for example, a hotspot in Croatia (Croatia???):
one or two loners in Thailand (I think we know who you are guys *winks*):
but curiously nothing from Lesley Riddoch’s favourite Nordic state-let, the Faroe Islands:
I do hope all the proper declarations about political donations are sought and given. No damn it, I’m sure they are, the whole thing’s promoted by their chief executive Peter Murrell and the SNP have a spotless record on this sort of thing.
I’m giving no link to the SNP website. If you’re reading this you definitely shouldn’t be throwing your hard-earned money at that particular lost cause. On the other hand, if you haven’t already,
Sign that No Referendum petition.
Update: by the time I got round to hitting the ‘publish’ button for this post the number signing had increased to 91,190.