Blair wants to hear from YOU

Summary:Much hilarity at Tony Blair's e-petitions initiative, which has so far succeeded in getting people to ask that the PM: stand on his head and juggle ice-cream, change the national anthem to "Land of Hope and Glory" or "Rule Britannia", keep Sunday special, "abolish this e-petition site as it's a waste of taxpayers money and distracts from debating real issues" and, er, "prevent mobile phones on the London Underground" (eh?).

Much hilarity at Tony Blair's e-petitions initiative, which has so far succeeded in getting people to ask that the PM: stand on his head and juggle ice-cream, change the national anthem to "Land of Hope and Glory" or "Rule Britannia", keep Sunday special, "abolish this e-petition site as it's a waste of taxpayers money and distracts from debating real issues" and, er, "prevent mobile phones on the London Underground" (eh?).

In all fairness there is some rational stuff in there too, particularly: "create a new exception to copyright law that gives individuals the right to create a private copy of copyrighted materials for their own personal use, including back-ups, archiving and shifting format" (damn right!), "make councils charge a fair council tax" and "nationalise British railways". A shout-out, too, to Andrew Ellsom, who's petitioning the Dear Leader to have broadband installed on the Isle of Grain (it's in Kent apparently).

It would be nice if Blair listened. But, then again, it would also be nice if I had a time machine that would help me get the winning numbers in advance for last week's Euromillions lottery (although buying a ticket might have helped too).

Topics: Telcos

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David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both... Full Bio

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