Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Why didn't we think of this?

Pictured: the worst. 
I mean, was this an option the whole time? Don't know what I'm talking about? That's because I like to keep you guessing. Here click on this, or wait until I give up and just explain it myself. Well? Ok, fine, here goes: Yesterday, a petition appeared on the British Parliament's e-petition website calling for Donald Trump to be banned from the UK in response to that thing he said about banning all Muslims from entering the US. You heard about that right? Yeah, he's just the worst.

Anyway, today the petition passed the one hundred thousand signatures mark meaning that it will be considered by the House of Commons. For real. It's a thing they do. Enough signatures and blamo, it's on the table.
Parliament of course, being the rubber-stamp legislative body that simply legitimizes
the brutal will of the Dread Queen Elizabeth, second of her name and tamer of corgis.  
"Balderdash and poppycock!"
-Some rich guy
The petition, drafted by a community activist Suzanne Kelly reads:

"The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to anyone wishing to enter the UK. If the United Kingdom is to continue applying 'unacceptable behaviour' criteria to those wishing to enter its borders, the same must be fairly applied to the rich as well to the poor, and the weak as well as powerful."

Strangely equalitarian words coming from a nation that invented class privilege and is to this day is ruled by a powerful and wealthy aristocracy (source: Downton Abbey), but then rules are rules. 

Weirdly, fire-breathing turtle dragon
and serial princess kidnapper Bowser
is still allowed to enter the UK.
So like will it really happen? Britain's Chancellor, George Osbourne agrees that Trump is a mega-tool but says that it's better to engage him 'in robust debate', rather than ban him outright, which I don't know, can't they engage him via Skype and still ban him? The country's Home Secretary Theresa May has the power to exclude him on the grounds that his 'presence in the UK would not be conducive to the public good' so who knows? In the past, they've barred others including a white supremacist, a French anti-Semitic comedian as well as Punch-Out!! final boss Mike Tyson. For the rape conviction, not for being impossible to beat. 

I guess what I want to know is why don't we have a system like this? You know, a mechanism whereby we can force legislative debate on an issue we care about instead of waiting for a congressperson or senator to come along and take up the cause. 
Oh, riiiiight, I guess we do have a mechanism...

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