Will the looters 'loose' their benefits?
World waits, government website fails
The coalition government's e-petitions website is having a bit of a fail again today.
Presumably everyone is trying to sign up to the petition calling for all convicted rioters to "loose all benefits", including use of spell-check we assume.
We did manage to sneak in earlier and the vote stood at just short of 95,000. Should another 5,000 people manage to get onto the site and vote then the issue will be looked at by a Parliamentary committee which might decide on a full debate.
In the meantime most people are seeing this message:
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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg yesterday suggested local councils should have the right to evict convicted rioters from council accommodation. The rioters would then have to declare themselves homeless to the local council which would then be obliged to re-house them. ®