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Thread #54636   Message #871800
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
21-Jan-03 - 06:56 PM
Thread Name: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Subject: RE: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Just checked and it's 48331 Total Signatures right now - so at this rate should be over the 50,000 by the time of the "Silent Demo" planned for Monday 27th.

I still think that a separate petition specifically for people outside the UK would make a lot of sense, directly addressing the tourism issue. (Sort of "We won't be going to England to spend our tourist dollars until you stop doing this to the music")

But I think worrying about overseas signatures devaluing the petition isn't worth worrying about. It's not like Mickey Mouse signatures. If anything overseas signatories add more weight to the petition - but they'd add more weight to the campaign in a separate petition. These apparatchiks are more worried about losing tourists than they are about upsetting voters. Tourists have somewhere else to go, voters, they tend to assume, haven't.