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Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Since 2003 there have been so few public demonstrations that, given the widespread discontent with the government, it would not be difficult to believe that quietly in 2004 the right to free speech and protest were criminalised with a mandatory sentence of death by teabagging. Yet like illegal music, pornography and paedophilia the internet is set to breath new life into a nearly forgotten pursuit, online democracy is here and is set to start about 'some kind of push-button tyranny of the majority.'

Despite still being in its infancy, the e-petition is forcing the government to take notice as 1.8 million people committed their name to screen to state the somewhat obvious fact that they are opposed to the plan to introduce road charges and vehicle tracking. No. 10's beleaguered website has also had other matters brought to its attention; by sections of society other than rocket munching 4 by 4 driving Daily Mail readers. Preventing the Deputy prime-minister from eating any more pies, allowing mice to travel free on public transport and stopping Patricia Hewitt from speaking like a 'condescending tw*t,' are all campaigns that are gaining more public support by the day, so much so that Transport Minister Douglas Alexander referred to the man who developed the petition page of the No. 10 website; which allows the nation to express it's fundamental democratic right to expression, as a 'prat.'

It remains to be seen if the government is capable of learning lessons... you should never throw a brick to a man without arms in a greenhouse, since both outcomes are bad, but to be forced to learn your lesson by subjecting yourself to both eventualities is nothing short of absurd. Tony Blair's commitment to openness seemed a wonderful concept at it's inception, it's result was of course that he, and many other senior Labour figures, have faced interviews under caution and, still potential criminal proceedings over the loans and cash for peerages scandals. Criminal proceedings and wilfully ignoring the resolve of the public is hazardous ground in politics, inhabited only by those too dumb to help.

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