We have a rival e-petition in favour of grouse shooting (all types) which was set up over a week ago and yesterday passed 3000 signatures.
It needs a bit of help from the Chelsea set to get a remotely respectable number of signatures and that help has not yet been forthcoming. When we see the signatures flooding in from the posher parts of London we’ll know they’ve woken up.
The name attached to the e-petition is one Neil Jones – means nothing to me. He doens’t seem to have many friends outside of Richmond (Yorks) and even there his number of friends (79 at the time of writing) is considerably fewer than the number of friends that Chris Packham has (212 signatures).
The most interesting thing about Neil Jones’s e-petition is that it was created on 16 August (3 days after Chris’s e-petition was published), got its five signatures that very day, and was opened (ie published) on 23 August. That’s a delay of 7 days (well below, in fact very considerably below, the average of 21 days) compared with the 39 day delay for Chris’s e-petition (well above the average). Hmmm. A difference in delay of 32 days – over a month – for a process that should be pretty automatic? Although I do not go looking for conspiracies sometimes they appear to be staring you in the face…
But a race is always good sport. Let’s get going!