Acting on petitions and objections in the community

A lot of work goes into petitions. When it is presented to the Council and/or others, it feels as if it is just ignored or disregarded.

This, in turn, deflates the community spirit and individuals - and they tend to ‘give up’ as they do not feel valued. For example, a petition with 5000 people’s names is dismissed.


Why the contribution is important

This is important because listening to petitions would give people a sense of responsibility in influencing objectives. This makes people more confident in raising their views and that their voice is listened to.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on November 02, 2015 at 12:44PM

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  • Posted by DonaldC November 02, 2015 at 17:24

    Petitions can be held in contempt, an example of this being the TTIP petition recently submitted to the EU, only 1000000 signatures are supposed to be required to trigger an examination of the complaint, this was ignored, the petition now has 3000000 signatories.
    Action likes this is deplorable, it undermines democracy at its very roots.
    A system of petition can quite easily be worked out with trigger levels of signatories depending on population density relative to localities.
  • Posted by SimonB January 24, 2016 at 12:37

    For a government that recognises the Sovereignty of The People it is shameful and disingenuous, in this technologically advanced information age, that this form of direct democracy is not respected. Representative democracy is a fig leaf in which paternal contempt for the electorate hides behind.

    In Switzerland 50,000 signatures on a public petition is enough to precipitate a national referendum.
  • Posted by DJJ February 03, 2016 at 15:08

    We live in a representative democracy, quite different from the system in Switzerland. Petitions are good at gauging strength of feeling...what they are not good at is advancing a reasoned justification for or against a particular development. We elect people to make decisions on our behalf after taking account of all the evidence...not be blown about by public opinion. Petitions can often make their jobs harder I would have thought.
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