What’s wrong with people?

I don’t know whether to be bemused, enraged or just shake my head in disbelief.

Number 10’s web site is trialling a new online petitions site which has had a lot of attention over a popular petition to scrap road charging and vehicle tracking.

The 34th most signed petition is to “replace the national anthem with ‘Gold’ by Spandau Ballet” with over 4000 signatures, followed closely in 39th position with a petition for Tony Blair to “stand on his head and juggle ice-cream” with over 3700 signatures.

Yet the petition to “to get the Health Service and medical profession to accept the WHO classification of ME/CFS as an organic neurological disorder” has around just 2300 signatures and is buried way down the list.

Certainly having the World Health Organisation classification of M.E./Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a worthy petition. This condition effects up to 240,000 people in the UK (according to Action for M.E.) and around a quarter of those effected so severe they are seriously debilitated, in terrible pain and bed or house bound.

Yet there is little medical treatment available to M.E./CFS sufferers outside of psychosocial rehabilitative therapies.

Now I know this particular issue is one close to my heart – but there are literally hundreds of petitions for Tony Blair with really important issues and concerns. 

And it’s not like I don’t have a sense of humour.  But when you use a tool like this in such a flippant way – it just serves to undermine and trivialise real issues and causes. 

What’s wrong with people?

Of course this could just be testimony to the online petition site just not working effectively …

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2 Comments on “What’s wrong with people?”

  1. isaid Says:

    Actually I think it’s a little tricky that one, there are some who would not like to be tarred with the mental disorder and prefer to have ME/CFS labelled as a physical (rather than a mental / neurological) disorder. Be that as it may, I completely take your point about Spandau Ballet!


  2. Thanks isaid. The WHO classification has M.E. as a neurological condition. That doesn’t take anything away from the physical apsect of the condition – and neurologic is not the same as mental.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂


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