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Why MPs have a duty to resist online petitions

Parliaments exist to inject hesitation and circumspection into the legislative process

15 August 2015

9:00 AM

15 August 2015

9:00 AM

What should be the response of politicians to mass emailings and Twitter storms? The question is an urgent one, especially for Conservative MPs, given the general truth that mass petitions, in which complex issues are simplified to ‘for or against’ and emotion given a head start over reasoned argument, tend to come from the left.

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