Hannan posted a selection of Guardianista comments:
The government is to follow the lead of The X Factor television programme and allow the public to decide on legislation to be put before MPs.
In an attempt to reduce what is seen as a disconnection between the public and parliament, ministers will ensure that the most popular petition on the government website Direct.gov.uk will be drafted as a bill. It is also planning to guarantee that petitions which reach a fixed level of support – most likely 100,000 signatures – will be guaranteed a Commons debate.
Ministerial sources acknowledge that the proposals have the potential to cause headaches for the coalition because populist causes célèbres – such as a return of capital punishment or withdrawal from the European Union – could come top of the list.
The leader of the Commons, Sir George Young, has signalled he wants to press ahead with government by petition in the new year.
Populist tripe of the worst kind.Confirmation, if it were ever needed, of the educational gulf between militant lefty Guardian readers and the champagne socialist, technocratic 'elite' on their editorial staff.
Govt by petition oh dear, soon the Daily mail Tax payers allience and Talk sport nutjobs will get to say who eats has a home and care and who doesnt. pandering to the mob and Pontius Pilate springs to mind. they are evil beyond belief
Next up, lynch mobs.
Now for clamourocracy. Unbelievable.
What a bunch of tossers.
In a word: pathetic.
So, hanging back in by next christmas then....
Oh my god!!!!! I don't believe what I am reading. If this government think this is the way forward, so help us all.
Govt by petition? Gods teeth a Nation run by Mr & Mrs semi detached chip on shoulder DailyMail cardigan kendal mintcake hang em and flog em let em starve send em back. oh my were so foooked
Here are some more of my favourites (uncensored):
DanielFrisbee 27 December 2010 9:07PM Acephalic 27 December 2010 9:21PM