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I... I just don't believe that petitions achieve anything.

@pelagikat i think it's been at least one hundred years since they have

@belljar I'm subtweeting :birdsite: because I keep seeing people share them.

@pelagikat @belljar Depends what you mean by ‘achieve’ - they’re great for political and lobby groups to harvest email addresses 😬

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they make the person who started the petition feel like they're doing something useful.

@pelagikat These days they're mostly a list-building device for campaigns, aimed at fundraising.

@PaulfromOz No, me either. But a lot of people seem to think they make a difference.

@pelagikat I think it can locally if you think your local member of parliament is precarious enough on votes to take notice of a whole stack of names in her/his electorate - but it needs to be combined with local rag press coverage and more.

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