While checking out how the savers’ rights petition was doing on the number 10 website, I clicked the closed polls section. In there, the tenth biggest ever poll on the site with 70,000 plus signatures is the Bank Charges Consumer Charter.
Scanning the polls above it, every single one of them has (with response) next to it… meaning the government has responded. Not this one though; it sits there naked in solitude. “The biggest poll the Prime Minister has ever ignored!” – not exactly the accolade wanted. Now don’t think this is an issue of scale, there are scores of closed smaller polls which Mr. Brown has decided to respond to.
So why not bank charges? Is it not a big enough issue? Well I doubt that; over 5.8m template letters have been downloaded from this site’s bank charges guide alone, and millions more from elsewhere.
So what is it? Why have politicians singularly failed to address this issue? Regardless of viewpoint, not responding is plain rude – isn’t that what the petition system is set up for?
Let’s hope the savers’ rights petition gets a little bit more attention.