I don’t know the answer. However, although I haven’t voted Labour in the last 2 elections, I do receive their email-outs. Increasingly this means receiving a petition on one issue or another for my digital “signing” and submission.
I always make a point of writing something of my own to distinguish it and to help deflect the assertions that real people aren’t submitting them, or not the numbers claimed.
I actually think this is a very clever innovation by the Labour Party because this Government has proven to be a weather vane lot, guided by polls.
Here is the “result” of one such petition notified today by David Clark
tracey, a year ago you signed our petition to save the Poisons Helpline. Well it’s been a long fight but together with other concerned Kiwis we’ve won!
The government has backed down from its plans to roll the poisons helpline into a generic call centre, and the National Poisons Centre at the University of Otago will continue to deliver the service.
This is great news! The experience overseas shows it’s much safer to keep poisons helplines separate and independent. When seconds count, experts matter.
I just want to thank you for taking part in this campaign. Without you and the thousands of other New Zealanders who stood up to protect the helpline things could have been a lot different.
By standing together we can make real change such as preserving this life saving service.
Thank you, tracey, for standing up on this important issue.
Dr. David Clark
Labour Associate Health Spokesperson
MP for Dunedin North
The Labour Party petitions may not be the only reason that things are changed but they surely deserve some credit for having contributed to any re-thinks? It’s a way for people to let Labour know what is important to them and what is not.
There is one protesting the TPP here