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democracy

55 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tim Farron MP, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Caroline Lucas MP and Jonathan Bartley, Leanne Wood AM

Make votes matter in general elections - we want proportional representation

This General Election must be the last one to use our archaic First Past the Post voting system. I was 16 years old at the 2015 general election. I couldn’t vote but I was frustrated that the election results didn’t reflect how people voted, so I started this petition for a fairer voting system. Two years on and I voted for the first time - but my vote didn’t matter. I want to be able to vote for whichever party I believe in. I don’t want to be scared of ‘wasting’ my vote or ‘letting the other side in’. I want a vote that counts. The only fair and democratic system of electing MPs is one that matches seats in Parliament to how people voted - Proportional Representation. Our weak and wobbly voting system has given us a coalition of chaos - the DUP and Conservatives - formed without the support of most voters. Strong and stable majority coalitions are the norm in most developed democracies. Coalitions can mean collaboration and cooperation, working together to solve problems. But they only work if they are based on majority support from the population. At this general election, the Green Party, Liberal Democrats and UKIP won 11% of the votes but now make up just 2% of MPs. A vote for the Scottish National Party was worth 18 times as much as a vote for the Green Party. UKIP won half a million votes but no MPs. The First Past the Post voting system is undemocratic and dramatically distorts the results of our elections. First Past the Post is clearly broken. Labour is on the verge of committing to reform. All the other opposition parties are already in favour. And yet some in the Conservative Party are intent on blocking any attempts to change the system. Worse still, their manifesto even committed to extending First Past the Post to the London Assembly. This is a cynical attempt to rig the system in their favour. We have to act now to save our democracy. Please sign and share this petition to send a message to the new government - we want proportional representation. Together we can keep this issue at the top of the agenda. If you’d like to join thousands of us all over the country who are taking action to make votes matter, sign up at www.makevotesmatter.org.uk

Owen Winter
294,371 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for standards

Reinstate Councillor Jolene Bunting to Belfast City Council - NOW!

Independent-Unionist, Councillor, Jolene Bunting, has been SUSPENDED from Belfast City Council for a period of 4 months, for daring to criticise ISLAM and defend "ANTI-ISLAMISATION" leaflets, distributed by a group, in South/East Belfast. Jolene, was democratically ELECTED to serve the good people of Court Ward (Great Shankill), Belfast, back in 2014. She works dam hard, not only for the people of the Shankill but for ALL citizens of Belfast, who contact her for help and advice with housing, bin collections, benefits, etc. Not only is Jolene, SUSPENDED for voicing concerns about Islam, but she could also find herself DISQUALIFIED from standing for re-election for 5 years, at the end of the Commissioner’s politically motivated 'WITCH-HUNT' It is absolutely APPALLING that anyone with a mandate to represent should be CENSORED, for simply expressing concerns raised with them, by their constituents. "Not to speak would be the great betrayal" Jolene, has NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE with the police, unlike some Councillors who sit in the same Council Chamber. Convicted, Bank robbers and Bomb makers sit in Belfast’s council chamber, yet, Jolene is the person accused of "Bringing Belfast City Council into disrepute", you couldn't make it up!!! Yes, like everyone, Jolene has made mistakes, the 'MEAN MEME' she Tweeted for example, once she realised it may have made light of the Irish potato Famine she took it down and later apologised on a live radio phone-in show. Maybe you know Jolene, maybe you don't. Maybe you like her or maybe you don't, but whether you support her opinion or not, she MUST be afforded the right to Freedom of Speech. Jolene, is a strong and courageous, young woman, however she cannot fight, the might of the forces against, alone. If you support Freedom of Speech you must SIGN and SHARE this petition: email it to your friends, share it on your social media accounts, please help get the word out every way you can. This is not about Jolene, THIS IS ABOUT DEMOCRACY, why in a democratic society, are we not free to talk about Islam? This case has made history, the action taken against Jolene is completely UNPRECEDENTED, no other Councillor in the United Kingdom has been reprimand for expressing an opinion, no matter how un-PC! Please SHARE this petition with your local elected politicians; Councillors, MLA's, MP's, MEP's, anyone with influence? Ask them, are they prepared to stand for Free-Speech, will they have the balls to support Jolene in her fight for FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY? Keep up-to-date with the latest developments: Facebook- @CouncillorJoleneBunting Twitter- @CllrBunting Other ways to contact Jolene: Phone- 07876743222 Email- buntingj@belfastcity.gov.uk If you would like to read more on the LUDICROUS complaints made against her by political opponents, you can do so at: https://nipso.org.uk/nilgcs/nilgcs-latest-news/interim-adjudication-hearing-councillor-jolene-bunting/ Media coverage of Jolene's case: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/belfast-councillor-jolene-bunting-suspended-from-duties-for-criticising-islam-1-8638850 https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/belfast-councillor-jolene-bunting-vows-court-fight-over-absolute-joke-suspension-1-8639452 #JusticForJolene #StandForFreeSpeech  

Wayne Cummings
4,359 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Heiko Maas, SPD, Angela Merkel (CDU)

Free #Enver Altayli

Turkish | English | German Free 73-year old German citizen detained in Turkey! My father, Enver Altayli, is a 73-year-old writer (last publish: A Dark Path to Freedom) and an intellectual. Above all, he is a family man who wants to leave a better Turkey and a better world for his children and grandchildren. As an uncompromising optimist, he always provides advice and support to his family and his environment.  For more than a year he is innocently imprisoned in Turkey! He is one of currently 7 German political prisoners who were victims of the wave of arrests after the coup attempt in Turkey in 2016. There is no concrete evidence against him, furthermore, there is no real crime that he is accused of. No court date has been set and no official charges have been made. Nevertheless, he is being held in solitary confinement! The imprisonment and the detention conditions take a heavy toll on him at the age of 73! He gets weaker with each passing day as he also suffers from a heart and metabolic disease. We do not know how long he can stand the detention, especially since it is not clear how long his imprisonment will last. Please support us by signing the release of my father, Enver Altayli, as soon as possible. Still, all legal petitions against his detainment and his conditions of detainment have been refused by the Turkish courts. There is no end in sight to his wrongful imprisonment and we are at the end of our hopes. Since the failed coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016, more than 50.000 people have been detained, many without clear cause or evidence. Among those detained are politicians, journalists, judges, doctors and writers. Many have been accused of connections to the Feto terrorist organization, or Gulen movement, named after the US-based muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen. Pressure from the Turkish government regarding these political prisoners hinders Turkish courts to take initiative for their release. Enver Altayli is also accused of having had connections to the Gulen movement. Yet he has never been part of the movement, nor has he taken part in any activities that could justify that accusation. The real reason for his imprisonment are his political views and his criticism of the Turkish government. Enver Altayli has always supported a liberal and western-oriented Turkey. He campained for a democratic, liberal Turkey that follows the rule of law. Enver Altayli was recruited by the Turkish intelligence service in the late 1960’s and was send to the Institute for Eastern law in Cologne, Germany, to get a formal education in Sovietology. After he left the intelligence service in 1973, he worked for the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party until the early 1980’s. There, he represented a wing of the party that saw the future of Turkey alligned with NATO and the liberal democracies of Europe and America. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he worked as an advisor to Turkish Presidents Ozal and Demirel in questions regarding Russia and Central Asia. He was a critic of the policies of the current Turkish government that undermined the democratic principles of the Turkish Republic and the rule of law. That is the real reason why Enver Altayli is being held in solitary confinement without charges for over 12 months. The conditions of Enver Altayli’s imprisonment have taken their toll on his health. He has several serious medical conditions and he is loosing strength with each passing day. He may not be able to endure his imprisonment much longer, considering that there is no end in sight. Please support this cause by signing the petition to effect his immediate release. Thank you, Zeynep and the Family Altayli    

Zeynep Potente
72,868 supporters