A couple of weeks ago I wrote THIS post about how former Number 10 apparatchik Adrian McMenamin was crowing about the Number 10 website overtaking both Guido and my blog in terms of hits. To be honest I was astonished it wasn't way ahead of us anyway, but that's by the by. The reason it overtook us in dramatic style was the introductions of ePetitions on the site.
However, today has shown that these ePetitions are a complete gimmick and the Prime Minister has no idea what the petitions are.
Today in PMQs Blair was asked about the effect DEFRA cuts were having on the Waterways. (the point is that due to the ballsup of farm payments DEFRA have been fined by the EU. To recoup this they have slashed British Waterway's subsidy). Blair admitted that he knew nothing about the cuts or British Waterways.
What has this to do with the ePetitions ....? The Save Our Waterways petition is up there in the top 10 of petitions (at number 9 as I write). In other words the epetitions thingy is a complete and utter fabrication meant to make Blair look good. They are, however, completely ignored and the PM isn't even told about them. Another good bit of Labour spin, funded by you, the taxpayer.
There is much ranting about this on the waterways newsgroup uk.rec.waterways .....