The petition to restore the death penalty spearheaded by Guido Fawkes has flopped out of the top ten on the government’s official e-petitions site. Despite widespread media coverage, the appeal is currently languishing at #12 with around 22,192 signatures — some 77,708 short of the 100,000 needed to prompt a possible parliamentary debate on the subject.
Despite a high-profile launch and backing from a handful of bloodthirsty MPs, the appeal now lags far behind such blockbusting competitors as as, erm, watching Formula 1 on telly for free and teaching children how to read a bank statement:
Back in July, a high-profile launch with coverage led by The Sun saw the petition installed as the presumptive certainty to be amongst the first e-petitions debated in the Commons, with media hype suggesting that MPs were preparing for
“a likely Commons debate on capital punishment later this year, the first since 1998.”
Prompted by polling companies, 51% of the public would support the return of the death penalty. But how many of them care strongly either way? A handful, apparently.