By Will Black
Tory leader David Cameron was ritually torched after a petition pushing for a no confidence debate in the prime minister gained the required number of signatures.
As the flames lapped around a naked agonised looking Cameron, the prime minister might have been thinking how ironic it was that it was he who brought in the e-petition system. The idea, back in the halcyon days of 2010, was to create the impression of greater democracy. Anyone can create an e-petition, and those gaining more than 100,000 signatures must be considered for a Westminster debate.
The ‘Vote no confidence in David Cameron’ petition exceeded the magical 100,000 mark by bonfire night. At the notable Lewes bonfire night event – very much the Selfridges window display of belligerent British bonfire-based sedition – a massive bloated Cameron, clutching a pig’s head, was torched. It was the first time the Tory was seen to go redder than in his weekly displays of embarrassed avoidance in Prime Minister’s Questions.
The petition pushing for a vote of no confidence was initiated by Kelly Teeboon, a postgraduate student based in Liverpool. Ms Teeboon hadn’t quite demanded that Cameron was set on fire, but she did state: “The current Tory government has caused devastation for the poorest in society for the last five years. We cannot afford another five years of Tory rule, with the recent welfare reform that will cause nothing but immense poverty in the UK.”
As the petition hit the target within six months of being commenced, we could see a debate about Mr Cameron’s competency in the near future. Cameron’s team may choose to ignore the petition, but that could make his endless wittering about ‘the big society’, democracy and transparency seem almost like some kind of empty rubbish he said to get votes.
In July a petition calling for a vote of no confidence in health secretary Jeremy Hunt gained the required number of signatures faster than a junior doctor could do three shifts in a row and collapse in an overpriced hospital car park. That petition, initiated by London doctor Ash Sadighi, gained almost 224,000 signatures and led to a debate in September. Hunt, at the time of writing, is still in his post. However, he has won few friends since the debate and his attitude and actions are in danger of pushing dedicated doctors out on strike.
The deadline to sign Ms Teeboon’s petition about Cameron is January 21st 2016.