Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Standing up to be counted

Mac has a great post today about the totalitarian tendencies of our current government. Well, I was one of the 1.8 million people who received an e-mail from our Great Leader last week, telling us (in a nutshell) that he intended to ignore our concerns about road pricing. My own (more practical and cheaper) suggestions for reducing congestion are for another post, but the idea of forcing every driver in the UK to pay £600 to fit a device in their car which will track and report to some government agency their every movement is frankly scary.

Anyway, like many other people, I was alerted to the fact that the Prime Minister's office now accepts electronic petitions by the huge publicity which the road pricing petition received.

A visit to the petitions website gives you a real insight into British society today, and I find it fascinating to trawl through the various petitions that are there. But the reason for this post is to draw your attention to one petition in particular, which petitions the Prime Minister to "allow adoption agencies the freedom to work according to the dictates of their conscience when finding adoptive parents for children. Also respect that the preference that children be given a home with a mother and father is not anti-homosexual discrimination".

At the time of writing, this petition only has 4,039 signatures, and it is due to close this Thursday (1 March).

By contrast, a petition to abolish all faith schools has over 10,000 signatures, and a petition demanding that the Prime Minister "prohibit discrimination in the provision of goods, services and facilities on the grounds of sexual orientation for the remainder of the UK at the earliest point possible" has almost 7,000.

You must be a British citizen or resident to sign any petition - let's see if we can get a few more signatures before this one closes. Signing a petition may not make the government change its mind, but at least you can say you're standing up to be counted, and showing that the anti-religion lobby are not such a majority as they like to think they are.

Incidentally, there's also a petition to allow home educators to be free from the interference of Local Education Authorities, which closes on 17 March and currently has 981 signatures.


strangeraday said...

Standing up to be counted.
Yes you are. You have my respect.
One of only a few personal websites supporting the adoption petition.
Very sad.
I've given you a link on my website.

Chris Swift

newhousenewjob said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Chris.

Incidentally, I see from this evening's Standard (a paragraph at the bottom of page 10) that the ban on publicly funded adoption agencies turning down gay couples was sneaked through the Commons today. What a great democracy we live in!