Monday, 18 May 2009

David Cameron's petition for a General Election. Sign for change.

David Cameron has today launched a petition calling for an immediate General Election:
David Cameron: "I think the scale of the problems facing Britain today - the recession, the debt crisis, and above all the political crisis - all point in one direction. I think there is now only one way of sorting out the mess, and that is for Parliament to be dissolved and for a General Election to be held right away."

We are turning the campaign we had planned for the local and European elections into the campaign Britain now needs: a campaign for a General Election, to be held as soon as possible after the 4th June.

We want everyone - whether they support Labour, or the LibDems, or no party - to join in. Though the power of our collective pressure, we can force Gordon Brown to act.

No - there is no constitutional requirement for a General Election. Yes - this Labour Government could cling on for another year, with or without a new leader.

But we don't think the country wants to wait another year to pass judgment on their politicians, and on this Parliament. We don't think the country wants to wait another year before we start dealing seriously with the debt crisis and this economic crisis.

The political system in Britain today, from the Prime Minister downwards, is quite simply paralysed. And it is now abundantly clear that the country does not want to wait another year to give everyone in Westminster a simple message:

We want change - now get on with it.
You can sign the petition by clicking HERE.


Sean Lynch said...

I signed up Steve, this Labour government is an evil dictatorship,
completely corrupt from top to bottom, the worst, most corrupt regime in the world bar none. As for that unspeakable Brown, he is as evil and twisted as the day is long.

Chris said...

"And I will govern Scotland with respect. And continue to ignore England's rights as a UK nation..."

Okay, not a real David Cameron quote, but something he has made very plain indeed.

If I voted Cameron it would not be because I like the anti-English/England creep. But simply because I believe the Tories might be less evil than this current lot - and I speak as a one-time Labour supporter from way back.

David and the Tories are now the lesser of two evils, in fact.

But refusing to give England parity in the devolution stakes still amounts to a form of dicatorship.

Daily Referendum said...


Cameron is far more pro England than Brown. For a start he is in favour of English votes on English matters.

Chris said...

But how would that work? It would be a highly flawed system, which still involved England getting the shitty end of the stick.

And David Cameron has spent lots of time uttering reassurances like "better an imperfect union [one weighted against England, obviously] than a broken one."

He's also talked of "Scots blood" in his veins (whatever that is) and his ancestors being "Scottish Empire builders" (note, not British!).

I think he's the lesser of two evils, Steve, but he's in no way just in his attitude towards England ("sour little Englanders!").

Having said all that, he's recently been in Scotland saying he will rule Scotland with "respect".

If I vote Tory, it will be because NuLab are absolute scum (which they are) not because I feel any real affinity with Mr Cameron.

With health apartheid and the West Lothian Question rampant, I'm stunned at just how little he is prepared to do for us in England.

andy said...

No mention of the fact that Brown is turning us into a police state, and he has to go before we are subsumed in a bigger version with HQ in Brussels. My pub landlord cant even offer me an ashtray to go with the beer he serves me for God's sake! If the Tories dont adopt the rumoured 'Freedom Charter', then they arent any better the nu-liebor.

Daily Referendum said...


Cameron does not go far enough for me, but he is going in the right direction. Brown would never head that way.

If Cameron does bring in English votes for English matters, we will be a step closer to our goal.

Something is better than nothing.

Chris said...

Well, there I have to agree with you, Steve. Although Mr Cameron's attitude disturbs me, and I think the man is highly unfair, a few crumbs thrown our way might actually lead to equality later on.

Beatrijs said...

The 'sign for change' campaign is clever but has a slight practical problem: anyone can sign the petition. I just signed the petition myself, I live in London but I am not eligible to vote in a general election in the UK. You just need to write down an address in the UK. This means the whole world can manipulate the outcome of the petition. If they don't change this quickly the Conservatives can't claim that a majority of the British public / voters signed for change.

Jeremy said...

I agree with much of what David says, including:

"There’s one other aspect of Scottish-English relations that I want to address.

It may seem trivial to some but I happen to believe that it’s almost more damaging to the Union than institutional or economic difficulties.

It’s a question of attitudes.

And, in particular, the ignorance of English people about Scots and Scotland.

Why should this matter?

After all, we’ve all got broad shoulders.

Well, it matters because the Union is supposed to be a relationship of equals.

Not in terms of size, obviously.

But certainly in terms of that most precious of commodities, respect.

For most Scots - like people everywhere - their nationality is only one part of a broader identity.

They’re fathers and mothers, doctors and teachers, bowlers and golfers, shoppers and students.

But, perfectly reasonably, they do expect their distinct Scottishness to be both recognised and respected.

Let’s be honest.

In the British context, they don’t always receive that respect.

All too often Scots switch on their televisions to be greeted with ignorant and inaccurate stereotypes."