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Last Updated: Monday, 12 February 2007, 13:02 GMT
Newsnight petition
Would you like to see Tony Blair singing on a barrel of custard?
Would you like to see Tony Blair singing on a barrel of custard?
More than a million people have signed the online petition, hosted by Downing Street's website, against plans to introduce road pricing in the UK.

But are these "unprecedented" numbers not quite as remarkable as they appear? In tonight's programme Newsnight will be asking how good an indicator of public opinion such petitions really are.

And by way of illustration, we're giving you the chance to support a petition that was reportedly rejected by the Downing Street website because it was outside the remit of the Government.

Submitted by "Tez Burke of Gun-totin' Badgers for Jesus", the proposed petition read:

VOTE RESULTS
Would you petition the Prime Minister to sing We're Going To Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line through a megaphone while standing in a barrel of custard outside Parliament?
Yes
 74.85% 
No
 25.15% 
7669 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to sing "We're Going To Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line" through a megaphone while standing in a barrel of custard outside Parliament.

Our own version is somewhat simplified, and won't require you to leave your name or other personal details - a one-click "yes" or "no" vote in the adjacent box is all that's required.

And you can, of course, also comment on these issues via Talk About Newsnight .

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12 Feb 07 |  UK Politics


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