5 April 2013

IDS Petition:

400,000 in less than 4 days -- incredible!
First of all I want to say thank you. When I started the petition calling on Iain Duncan Smith to live on £53 a week I hoped it would have some impact, but I never imagined it would set off such a huge chain reaction. As I write the signature count is 408,593. It is overwhelming and inspiring.
This week the Government wanted to control the debate and dictate the tone -- you have taken that from them and given it back to the people! 
The petition has been talked about on Facebook and Twitter, and covered hundreds of times in the media. It was on the front page of The Independent, BBC, Sky News, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and many more.
Iain Duncan Smith has not yet replied directly to me, but told his local newspaper that he thinks the petition is "a complete stunt which distracts attention from the welfare reforms". In fact it is the total opposite.
This petition represents over 400,000 people concerned by the welfare cuts.
Iain Duncan Smith is clearly rattled and wants this to blow over. Let's not give him that privilege.
In the coming days I will deliver the petition in person but let's have a final effort to remind him once again what this is all about -- men who live comfortable lives in country mansions have no right to tell people what poverty feels like.
Post a Facebook message or send a tweet today. Some ideas below...
Please keep supporting the petition -- we have started this conversation, let's keep it going.
Thank you,
Help reach 500,000 signers...
via Twitter
Choose a tweet and click to send it:
Click here to share the petition on Facebook and add a comment to tell your friends what you'd have to give up to live on £53 a week. e.g. I couldn't live on £53 a week. I'd have to give up _______. I don't think Iain Duncan Smith could either.
or by Email
If you are not on Facebook or Twitter share the petition with your friends by sending them this email.
I signed the petition to ask Iain Duncan Smith to live on £53 a week. Over 400,000 have signed it in 4 days. Have you signed yet?

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