This misbegotten initiative is just patronising and futile

Mo Farrah after missing out on a gold medal
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What a patronising exercise in futility this e-petition nonsense is.

In what is nothing more than a grudging genuflection in the general direction of the democratic process, MPs are required to discuss any topic which attracts a minimum of 100,000 signatures collected online.

The call for the return of capital punishment is well on the way to gathering the required number, and sometime between now and next April the matter may well be debated in the House of Commons.

However, in the unlikely event that MPs support the proposal, there will be no new legislation.

There will be a discussion, but not a vote – which renders the entire misbegotten e-petition initiative a complete waste of our time and theirs.