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Petition to British Airways

Remove the choice to recline seats on economy flights for the comfort of all.

You're returning home, tired from the fun adventure that was your holiday. Or, your getting a flight to your partner office halfway around the world, and wanting to get some good rest before tomorrow's meeting. But of all the problems that could stand in your way, the biggest issue is when someone in front of you reclines back, and you are left with no leg room, no room to eat, and no room to really do anything. "Why can't you the just recline back yourself?" Consideration for others. Why should the other person behind you then suffer? The only way it would work would be the whole row to recline, and some people may not want to, leading to arguments and overall chaos when airborne. I had to experience this ordeal for the first time this week, and I can tell you, it was not pleasant. My legs were left to ache, and I had no sleep at all that night. The person's argument against me when I politely asked if they could not recline, was this: "I'm allowed to, so too bad." And so, surely the solution to this dilemma is simple; remove the choice to recline. Airways could go through with this solution in multiple ways: 1) To simply lock the reclining function, and let nobody recline. This however is problematic as reclining helps people to sleep and simply removing functionality of the chair makes little sense. 2) A better option is to have set times for when all people can choose to recline. This time for example could be at night-time for the destination country, and would benefit all as encouraging sleep then would reduce the effects of jetlag. Additionally, people who wish to recline can for a time and people who don't can choose not to (however they should be aware they will have less space at that time). When this reclining time ends however, passengers could either be instructed to stop reclining, or the seats could automatically de-recline and lock. This problem will inevitably affect all of us, but solutions (as I have pointed out) could put and end to it. No one deserves to be uncomfortable, and everyone deserves sleep. Thank you for reading, let's make this a reality!

Oliver Cullis
13 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Institute of Art and Law, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK Parliament, The British Council, Shout Out UK

Return Africa's Treasures - Heal Britain's Dark Colonial Past

Members of the British Military looted sacred symbolic treasures from Ethiopia exactly 150 years ago. King Tewedros at the time fought so hard against this, that he committed suicide leaving a 7 year old son Prince Alemayehus to be stolen as well. They were ‘presented’ to Queen Victoria who is said to have been deeply saddened by it all. The boy later died of sorrow. His remains are still here! By the time the treasures were in the hands of British museums, powerful laws were made to stop board members gifting pieces to their network , locked the treasures into Britain. Other countries that have been able to restore valuable art like the victims of Nazi Germans. We can only do this by the power of public awareness and support. In 2008 I was crowned Miss Kenya UK and Miss East Africa UK. The same year Ethiopia's then president Girma Wolde-Giorgis wrote to the V&A, British Museum, British Library and Cambridge University seeking restitution of the Maqdala Treasure. Again, no success and the story has never gained momentum. However, the V&A want to 'shine a light' on this tragic story with an exhibition this April 2018, because finally they are 'open to the idea' of sending the treasures back to Ethiopia - but only on borrowed time due to the laws! This is extremely undermining and insulting to the Ethiopian community.  As a young mum to a child who is the same age as Prince Alemayehus it’s a painful imagination. What excites me is Queen Tewabech's dress and jewellery and my connection to fashion. She was the second wife of King Tewedros who was a very spiritual woman. It got me thinking perhaps If we can create a fair exchange through Fashion - this soulless industry would be ethically rejuvenated and it might revive Britain’s declining retail market. After all, my people do spend the most on clothes. Africans can not continue to contribute so much to global, trillion dollar creative industries, while many still suffer. The world is embracing our visuals but not understanding the ancient symbolism, rituals and spiritual importance - everyone is feeling the manifestation of this environmentally and socially. It’s not just art - to us, it’s a vibration! Let's change History...and Herstory! Thank you so much for your help.  Vicky Ngari-Wilson

Vicky Ngari-Wilson
1,659 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to UK Parliament

Basic Human Right To Free Speech In UK

Let us push for the British Government whether they be right wing or left, to give the people of The United Kingdom more basic human rights. Starting with "A Basic Right To Free Speech" Let it be said that any politician who opposes more human rights for the people of the nation is not a politician whom you should be voting for, but one you should be voting against.  Today on March 20th 2018, an online comedian by the name of Mark Meechan or "CountDankula" has been sentenced by a judge in Glasgow Crown Court after spending two years defending himself, for the crime of telling an "offensive" joke. This comes just days after two journalists and an activist were detained and banned from the UK, why? for the "crime" of planing to speak at Speakers Corner in London, and the "crime" of planning to interview Tommy Robinson, a journalist and activist. One journalist was permanently banned from the UK under the terrorism act simply for planning to talk to someone. This is not a good look for The United Kingdom nor is it a step in the right direction.  Comedy is now illegal in the UK, joining the likes of facts, statistics, truth and reality. Those who claim to be victims of everything somehow think they will never be victims of their own push for censorship. To those who are offended by speech, It is a lot easier for you to just stop being offended than it is to ask the Government to intervene. 

Free Speech Push UK
727 supporters