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    The government promises to debate every petition that receives 100,000 signatures, but more often than not, a very, very small amount of MPs bother to turn up for the resulting debate. These petitions are utterly useless if politicians can just completely ignore them.

    I've started a petition myself titled "Require at least 80% of MPs to attend debates held as a result of a petition", and it requires five initial signatures to start:

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petit...1eMg5WMeh8WCg9

    I'm also interested to hear other peoples thoughts on this. Regardless of your thoughts on the issues being debated, I think we can all agree that attendance to these debates is essential.
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    (Original post by JordanL_)
    The government promises to debate every petition that receives 100,000 signatures, but more often than not, a very, very small amount of MPs bother to turn up for the resulting debate. These petitions are utterly useless if politicians can just completely ignore them.

    I've started a petition myself titled "Require at least 80% of MPs to attend debates held as a result of a petition", and it requires five initial signatures to start:

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petit...1eMg5WMeh8WCg9

    I'm also interested to hear other peoples thoughts on this. Regardless of your thoughts on the issues being debated, I think we can all agree that attendance to these debates is essential.
    The problem with this petition is that most petition debates are held as part of a committee, very few are actually held in the chamber, that aside, it isn't really enforceable: if 80% are not present who is liable? How is 80% measured, the peak attendance or the total number? If the latter how long do they have to be in the chamber for it to count?

    Like most petitions, they are foolish and idealistic.

    As for the last point, I disagree, many petitions are so stupid they actually are a hindrance to democracy rather than a benefit.

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    So are you going to cut the time MPs spend helping their constituents (which is their proper job) to do this?
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    (Original post by JordanL_)
    The government promises to debate every petition that receives 100,000 signatures, but more often than not, a very, very small amount of MPs bother to turn up for the resulting debate. These petitions are utterly useless if politicians can just completely ignore them.

    I've started a petition myself titled "Require at least 80% of MPs to attend debates held as a result of a petition", and it requires five initial signatures to start:

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petit...1eMg5WMeh8WCg9

    I'm also interested to hear other peoples thoughts on this. Regardless of your thoughts on the issues being debated, I think we can all agree that attendance to these debates is essential.
    Reasons why direct democracy sucks - you get clueless people involved in politics

    Turning up to debates is just one of the many jobs they have as an MP. They have to attend meetings with ministers, local people and businesses, constituency surgery, committee posts, committee invitations, and if they have a ministerial job they have even more on their plate. This is just an oversimplified list of stuff they have to do.

    It's an awful petition
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    (Original post by JordanL_)
    The government promises to debate every petition that receives 100,000 signatures, but more often than not, a very, very small amount of MPs bother to turn up for the resulting debate. These petitions are utterly useless if politicians can just completely ignore them.

    I've started a petition myself titled "Require at least 80% of MPs to attend debates held as a result of a petition", and it requires five initial signatures to start:

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petit...1eMg5WMeh8WCg9

    I'm also interested to hear other peoples thoughts on this. Regardless of your thoughts on the issues being debated, I think we can all agree that attendance to these debates is essential.
    Unfortunately (although not entirely without reason), Parliament treats these petitions as a joke anyway. So I don't think forcing MPs to attend those debates would change a lot.
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    So 80% of MPs would have to waste their time voting for stupid things such as banning Donald Trump from the country instead of dealing with constituents or something else useful?
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    (Original post by KimKallstrom)
    So 80% of MPs would have to waste their time voting for stupid things such as banning Donald Trump from the country instead of dealing with constituents or something else useful?
    Not even necessarily vote, not all are voted on, Trump being an example of one where it was merely debate.
 
 
 
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