Posts Tagged ‘Internet Petitions’

38 Degrees Petition against Truss and Coffee’s Running-Down of the NHS

September 23, 2022

I just go this email message from internet petitioning service 38 Degrees. Their disgusted at the government’s latest ‘reforms’ to the NHS, which in fact consist of telling doctors to try harder. They make the point that it doesn’t do anything to cut waiting lists nor counter the increasing rates of burn-out suffered by doctors because of overwork. They have therefore launched this petition against it, along with a wider campaign to spread the word about the government’s dreadful NHS policies using an ambulance.

‘Dear David,

Yesterday, our fourth Health Secretary since last year, Thérèse Coffey, revealed the Government’s “Plan For Patients”. [1] It turns out, the plan is nothing more than telling GPs to try harder and giving them a new target. [2] Health groups have said it will “make no tangible difference” and have “minimal impact on the care patients receive.” [3]

This is not acceptable. New PM Liz Truss says the NHS is one of her top three priorities. [4] Yet more than six million of us are languishing on waiting lists. More than two million of us are waiting to see GPs. And there are more than 60,000 NHS vacancies across the UK, with doctors at breaking point, suffering burnout. [5]

We needed something big. This wasn’t it.

We should all be furious about this. There is no point giving GPs new targets if there aren’t enough GPs to meet them. How is a new “cloud-based” phone system supposed to put an end to thousands scrambling for appointments first thing in the morning when there aren’t enough appointments to go around?

David, 38 Degrees supporters like you have been campaigning for a better NHS as long as we’ve been around. We can’t let the Government get away with this new lacklustre plan. Will you sign the petition demanding better – then share it with your friends and family so we, the British public, can make clear that we won’t accept anything less than a properly funded NHS?

YES, I’LL SIGN

NO, I DISAGREE

Over the summer, we fought hard to show that the NHS is on a knife edge. That’s why we bought an ambulance, turned it into a mobile advert, and drove it to leadership campaign events across the country. [6] We know Liz Truss heard us, because she said on the steps of Downing Street when she became PM that making sure “people can get doctors’ appointments” was one of her early priorities. [7]

Yet this first step is embarrassingly inadequate compared to the scale of the problem. And while it can feel hopeless at times seeing what’s happening to our beloved NHS, we know we can change things if we work together. That’s why last year we fought hard for NHS staff to get the pay rise they deserve, and after initially offering a 1% pay rise, the Government increased their offer after hundreds of thousands of us spoke out. [8]

The NHS is one of the most important issues to the 38 Degrees community. We’re not prepared to stand by and let this government underfund and understaff it. Millions of people depend on the services it provides, and thousands more will suffer if we don’t speak out.

Will you sign the petition, and get your friends and family to do the same? It only takes a few seconds to add your name, and a few seconds more to ask others to do the same.

YES, I’LL SIGN

NO, I DISAGREE

Thank you for your continued support,

Jonathan, Veronica, Megan, Tash and the 38 Degrees team

NOTES
[1] PoliticsHome: Therese Coffey Sets Out “Expectation” That GPs Will See Patients Within Two Weeks
[2] See note [1]
[3] Royal College of GPs: More expectations without addressing GP workforce shortage not best way forward, says RCGP
British Medical Association: Health Secretary’s new plan brings us closer to the demise of general practice, says BMA
[4] Sky News: The economy, the energy crisis and the NHS – Liz Truss sets out three key priorities in her first speech as PM
[5] Daily Mail: NHS waiting list shoots to ANOTHER record high of 6.8million
Evening Chronicle: ‘Bad health has doubled’ in the last decade across North East – and almost half of people report struggling to get GP appointments
BBC News: NHS in England facing worst staffing crisis in history, MPs warn
The New Statesman: “This is just not safe for anyone”: the NHS doctors at breaking point
[6] Express & Star: Ambulance protest greets Tory Party members at hustings
BirminghamLive: Protestors voice anger at NHS delays and costs crisis outside Truss v Sunak hustings at NEC
[7] 10 Downing Street: Prime Minister Liz Truss’s statement: 6 September 2022
[8] 38 Degrees: NHS Staff Pay Rise Campaign

I’ve had absolutely no problems signing it. If you feel the same way about this latest assault on the NHS, please feel free to do so as well.

Internet Petition from 38 Degrees Against Bankers’ Bonuses

September 22, 2022

And I have had absolutely no problem signing it.

David, millions of people up and down the country are struggling to make ends meet. As energy, food and fuel prices continue to go through the roof, many of us will be forced to make the impossible choice between heating and eating this winter. [1]

But what’s one of the first things our new Prime Minister and Chancellor have decided to do? Increase bankers’ bonuses. [2] You can almost hear the champagne corks popping!

This is the wrong policy at the wrong time. Why should city bankers be first in line for help when millions of people around the country don’t know how they’ll keep the lights on over the coming months?

Tomorrow, our new Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, may announce this during a mini-budget – but it’s not a done deal. If enough of us make some noise and tell them this shouldn’t be a priority during a cost of living crisis, then there’s still time for them to do the right thing and drop their plans.

So, David, will you tell the Government that they should be focusing on support for ordinary people around the country – not city bankers? Simply click the button below to add your name:

ADD MY NAME

Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng seem to believe that if enough cash is stuffed in the pockets of city bankers, then this will ‘trickle down’ to the others. But it just doesn’t work like that. Ahead of a meeting with our PM on Tuesday, even President Biden said that he was “sick and tired of trickle-down economics. It has never worked.” [3]

These caps on bonuses were introduced to provide a more balanced economy – and to get away from a culture of bankers taking “excessive risks”. [4] If Liz Truss believes in ‘levelling up’ the whole of Britain, then she should prioritise places outside of the City of London and put ordinary people at the front of the queue for support.

Just months ago, former PM, Boris Johnson, floated the idea of increasing bankers’ bonuses. But after more than 96,000 of us took action, and after much public outcry, the plans were dropped. [5] We’ve shown that we can reflect public feeling and get the Government to scrap bad policies and we can do it again.

David, will you add your name to our petition calling on the Government to drop their plans to increase bankers’ bonuses?

ADD MY NAME

Thanks for all your do,

Tom, David, Robin and the 38 Degrees team

NOTES
[1] Sky News: Cost of living: Millions of people already behind with their household bills, new research suggests
[2] BBC News: Liz Truss defends plan to lift cap on bankers’ bonuses
[3] Twitter: President Biden
[4] The Guardian: What is the banker bonus cap and could scrapping it boost growth?
[5] 38 Degrees: Dear Chancellor: No banker bonuses while millions struggle

They’re also asking for donations. I can afford to do so, but some of you may wish to.

’38 Degrees wouldn’t exist without you, David.

38 Degrees has no big donors – we’re funded by ordinary people who care, like you. Regular donations mean that we can plan future campaigns, pay our workers a decent wage, and keep fighting for what we all believe in.

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Petition from Bring Back British Rail to Renationalise Avanti West Coast

September 7, 2022

I got this email from Bring Back British Rail notifying me that Avanti West Coast are cutting more services, but despite this the government has renewed their contract. This is appalling, and Bring Back British Rail have therefor launched a petition to have the rail company renationalised.

‘The crisis on Avanti West Coast is escalating

Sign the Petition

On 14 August 2022, Avanti West Coast – part-owned by FirstGroup and Trenitalia (Italy’s state-owned rail operator!) – drastically reduced the timetable on our West Coast Main Line, causing misery for millions of travellers over the last month.

Meanwhile, on 4 September it was reported that the Department for Transport (DfT) is still planning to renew Avanti’s contract (which expires on 16 October) for another 10-years. This must be stopped.

Today our lawyers have written to the DfT to demand they act urgently to bring our West Coast Main Line back into public ownership (like LNER, Northern and Southeastern already are).

Sign the Petition

Please help keep the pressure up by signing our petition and sharing details on FacebookTwitter and Instagram:

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I’ve signed it, because rail privatisation has been an immense disaster and it is utterly obscene how the shareholders and senior management of these companies are profiting through cutting services and raising ticket prices. The argument for renationalising the railways is incontrovertible.

Petition from Richard Burgon for Windfall Tax on Energy Companies

September 4, 2022

I got the email about this petition on Friday from left-wing wing, socialist Labour politico Richard Burgon. They’re aiming to get the number of signatures up to 50,000. I’ve signed it already, but am putting it up here in case other people want to sign it and haven’t already done so.

‘Dear David

A quick message to say that in just a few days over 35,000 people have signed my petition calling for the new Prime Minister to hike the Windfall Tax on oil and gas profits – not our bills. 

I’ll be presenting this to the new Prime Minister in the House of Commons when Parliament returns next week. 

Thank you to everyone who has signed it. Can you help get it to 50,000?

Sign and share the petition to help us reach 50,000

My petition calls for the Windfall Tax to be at least doubled so that oil and gas giants don’t make a single penny in excess profits. This would raise many billions to fund crucial support to help people through this crisis.

I hope, like me, you agree that oil and gas giants shouldn’t be able to exploit a crisis to make excess-profits on the backs of higher bills for ordinary people? Shouldn’t this wealth be used instead to lower people’s energy bills?

If you agree then sign and share the petition here.

We need bold action to prevent millions being thrown into a social catastrophe through soaring bills. As the petition says this must include energy firms being brought into public ownership, freezes to energy prices and the rolling-out of a mass programme of home insulation.

Going after the eye-watering profits of North Sea oil and gas companies is also key to lowering the energy bills for millions of people.  Record gas and oil profits are a major driver of higher energy bills.  So add your name to the petition. 

Protest against the energy price hikes!

As well as in parliament, we are going to need action in every community against this cost of living crisis.  Enough is Enough is organising a day of action in October and the People’s Assembly Against Austerity is organising a National Demonstration in November. 

In solidarity

Richard Burgon MP

PS: It only takes 30 seconds to add YOUR name to the petition I will be presenting in Parliament. Sign it here

Forget Tweedlesunak and Tweedletruss, it’s politicians like Burgon who should be the next prime minister.

And the proposed demonstration against the cost of living crisis in November looks very promising!

Megaphone Petition for Raising the Minimum Wage to £15 per Hour

September 1, 2022

I got this petition from the Megaphone on yesterday urging me to sign a petition calling for the minimum wage to be raised to £15 per hour. I’ve had absolutely no problem signing it, given the cost of living crisis, and if you feel as strongly about this as I do, I hope you will too. Here’s the email:

‘Hi David,

Did you see my email from last week? Almost 20,000 people have now added their name in support of a £15 an hour minimum wage, but we need more to join the campaign. 

Sign the petition and join the campaign: Raise the minimum wage to £15 an hour

Thanks,

Anthony

Here’s my email from last week, in case you missed it.

David —

No matter where you work or what you do, everyone deserves a wage they can live on. But as the cost of living crisis deepens, millions of workers are struggling to get by – and it is only going to get worse. 

Last week, the TUC, with the backing of 48 trade unions, made an ambitious demand: We need a £15 an hour minimum wage.

Can you add your name in support of this call? We need thousands to sign to show how important this would be for working people.

Last week, we asked some Megaphone supporters why they need a pay rise. Here are some of the things we heard:

“A pay rise would mean I wouldn’t choose between dental treatment or a new school uniform for my kids”

“It would mean the difference between being able to heat our home or going cold over the winter.”

“A pay rise would drastically reduce the constant stress and worry I have, and would allow me to have a social life again”

Britain needs a pay rise and we need it urgently. Raising the minimum wage will make a huge difference for millions of workers. And the only way we will win is by standing together in our unions, campaigning for a better deal.  

Sign the petition: tell the government you support raising the minimum wage to £15 an hour as soon as possible.

The change we need will not come from a petition, but if tens of thousands sign today it will show how many of us are ready to take on the work we need to do to win. This is just the beginning. 

Regards,

Anthony

Petition from Mish Rahman against Starmer’s ban on Labour MPs Joining Striking Workers

August 11, 2022

I’ve just got this email through from Mish Rahman, a left-wing Labour MP, opposing Starmer’s diktat against Labour MPs joining picket lines and the sacking of Sam Tarry for doing so.

Tell Keir Starmer – Back Workers Taking Action!


Get involved: sign here / share here / retweet me here.

Hello David
 
The recent sacking of Sam Tarry for joining an RMT picket line was a low point for Keir Starmer’s time as Labour Leader, but it’s clear that the majority of Labour members, affiliates & supporters stand with those workers taking action during the deepening cost-of-living crisis.

I’m writing to ask you to join me and over 5000 others in clearly saying that all Labour MPs must back our unions and that Sam Tarry’s sacking should be reversed. Please take 30 seconds to:

  1. Sign and tell us why here.
  2. Share here on Facebook
  3. Retweet my message here.

Yours in solidarity, 
Mish Rahman, Labour NEC member on behalf of the Labour Assembly Against Austerity.

PS: Thank you to everyone who has backed my campaign to be re-elected to Labour’s NEC. You can read my launch article here.’

Well, I’ve done so, giving as my reason the fact that the Labour party was partly founded by the unions to defend trade unions and strikes, and that the first working people elected to parliament were the Lib-Labs. They were members of the Liberal party representing the trade unions. Banning MPs from joining picket lines betrays this working class activism.

If you feel the same way, perhaps you’d also like to sign the petition.

Open Britain Invites You To Give Your Personal Message to BoJob on His Leaving Card

August 7, 2022

I got this message yesterday from the pro-democracy group Open Britain. They’re organising a giant, six-foot leaving card for Johnson and inviting people to write their own personal messages for his departure on it. Here’s the email

‘Dear David,

As our disgraced and scandal-ridden PM stumbles through his final month in office, we’re taking a stand on behalf of all of the people affected by his corrupt leadership and rotten policies. Before he goes, we’re going to make sure he knows EXACTLY what the people of this country really think of him.

We’re sending Boris Johnson a GIANT LEAVING CARD and we want YOU and as many of your friends as possible to sign it.

When you sign, make sure your farewell message reflects what you think of his leadership, his conduct in office, his policies, whatever you feel strongest about. No holds barred.

By the time he receives it, we want this six-foot card to be filled to the brim with all the things the people of this country have wanted to say to him over the last three years


SIGN BORIS JOHNSON’S LEAVING CARD

This isn’t a mere stunt. This leaving card will be a sobering testament to the disappointment and anger felt by millions of ordinary people across the country at the lies, incompetence and corruption that characterised Johnson’s time in office.

It will serve as a stark warning to future leaders that we, the people, will not tolerate this rotten politics any more.

History will show that this PM was one of the worst ever. He will claim that the country mourns his departure and will bask in the false plaudits of his cronies in the media. But the truth will shine out from the pages of our giant leaving card…and he will know it.

So sign the card and tell him what he needs to hear…don’t be shy!

Very best wishes,

The Open Britain team’

Well, I’ve got no problem telling Johnson what I think of him. He’s coarsened and degraded this country’s politics, wrecked the economy and reduced our great people to even great poverty. And please let the door hit him on the bum on his way out.

If you feel as strongly about Johnson’s inept, selfish, and arrogant conduct, and the clear contempt he feels for ordinary people as well as our great political institutions, then please feel free to sign the card.

Avaaz Survey Recommending the Taxation of Fossil Fuel Companies to Support the Poor and Vulnerable and Save the Planet

August 7, 2022

I got the email below from Avaaz, another internet demography. They were polling responses to a suggested policy that the oil and fossil fuel companies now making obscene profits while the rest of us are facing escalating costs of living, should be taxed more in order to protect the most vulnerable communities and the environment.

‘Dear David,

Today, we’d love to know your opinion!

Could you read the email below, and let us know if you’re supporting Avaaz to run this campaign?

STRONGLY SUPPORT

SUPPORT

DON’T SUPPORT

DON’T SUPPORT AT ALL

Dear friends,

While the world cooks, Big Oil is making more money than ever – four fossil fuel giants made a combined total of $51billion in just three months!

That’s double what they were making a year ago – resulting from sky-high oil and gas prices driven by the war in Ukraine. One oil boss described his company as ‘literally a cash machine’!

This ‘machine’ is killing the planet, stealing our future, and driving millions into poverty. It has to stop. The UN Secretary-General has just called on all governments to tax these obscene profits – and use the money for the good of society.

Let’s echo his call, demanding a tax on fossil fuel profits so the money can be spent on protecting the most vulnerable communities and urgently investing in renewable energy – when we hit a million, we’ll deliver our call directly to governments at a major UN summit in September!

With hope and determination,

Bert, Patricia, Stefanie and the rest of the Avaaz team

Do you support Avaaz running this campaign?

STRONGLY SUPPORT

SUPPORT

DON’T SUPPORT

DON’T SUPPORT AT ALL

For me, there’s absolutely no question: I strongly support this proposal. Because it absolutely obscene that companies like BP are raking in £9 billion while ordinary people are looking at starvation and being unable to heat their homes.

And it says everything about the complacency and profiteering of one Jacob Rees-Mogg of Bath and North-East Somerset that he defended these companies on BBC Radio and their giving dividends while ordinary people suffer.

Open Britain Petition to Evict Boris Today

July 7, 2022

I’ve just go this email through from the pro-democracy group, Open Britain, introducing their petition to get Boris out of No. 10 today. As Bozo is hanging on like a particularly difficult to shift piece of snot, I’ve had not problem signing it. The email runs:

‘Dear David, 

So, Johnson is gone…but he won’t be forgotten for a very long time.

We won’t forget the lies he told during the Brexit campaign. We won’t forget his incompetent response to the Covid pandemic that led to the deaths of tens of thousands. We won’t forget the corrupt awarding of multi-million-pound PPE contracts to friends and party donors.

And we won’t forget his disgraceful and selfish behaviour in recent days, clinging on to power when it was crystal clear that doing so was damaging our democracy and our national interests.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be working hard to ensure we never have to suffer this mafia style of government again.

But there is a task that is even more urgent!

That task is to have him removed from Number 10 immediately, not allowed to hang around as a caretaker until his successor is chosen. If he is allowed to stay, he could cause carnage both at home and abroad. Our country faces myriad challenges right now…we cannot allow a man who always puts his own interests above those of the country to be anywhere near government as we do that.

The people with the power to influence this – Conservative MPs – are weighing up the pros and cons of this issue right now. Please sign our petition to make it crystal clear to them that he must be evicted today.

And once you have signed, please spread the word on your social media accounts so we have maximum impact. Our video van will be making the point on the streets of Westminster.


EVICT JOHNSON TODAY – SIGN THE PETITION

Many thanks,

Mark Kieran
CEO, Open Britain’

Megaphone Petition Against Government Plans to Allow the Hiring of Agency Strike Breakers

June 24, 2022

I’ve also received this email from Megaphone urging people to sign their petition about the government’s proposal to undermine the unions by allowing companies to hire agency staff to break the strike. I’ve signed it, as strikes, or the threat of strike action, is the major weapon for unions to protect the rights of their members and workers as a whole.

‘David —

This week has been huge for the trade union movement. The TUC Join a Union website is seeing record traffic, with visits this week up 800%. 

As RMT members stand up for their jobs, pay and our services, they are giving hope and confidence to millions of workers. The last few weeks has clearly shown that if you want a pay rise, a secure job and a decent life, you need to be in a union.

So what has the governments response to this been? To propose laws that would undermine the most powerful tactic working people have: strike action.

The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, is proposing to change the law to allow companies to replace striking workers, with inexperienced agency workers. 

The government will try to sneak these changes through so people don’t notice, so we must get the word out far and wide. We will not let them undermine our right to strike.

Will you add your name to the petition to stop plans to undermine unions by allowing companies to hire temporary staff during strike action?

Sign the petition

We cannot let this happen.

Allowing agency staff to replace striking workers would undermine the right to strike and create genuine safety risks for the public and workers.

Please sign and share the petition now.

In Unity,

Anthony,

Megaphone UK