With the help of mySociety.org, the Prime Minister’s office in the United Kingdom established an online petitions process in late 2006 to augment the ability of U.K. citizens to petition the Prime Minister. There is a similar written petitions process handled by the U.K. Parliament, but as Reuters notes, it has not yet established an online presence. Apparently costs are an issue, but since it appears that mySociety.org developed the system on contract with the Prime Minister’s office, I’m at a loss as to what the specific cost issues are.
mySociety.org has repurposed the system for use by local councils, so is there a significant scaling issue behind the supposed 4 million pound annual cost? The petitions system for the Prime Minister has handled up to 200,000 registrations in a single day, and over 10.5 million people signing petitions in three years. With only 120 petitions submitted this past year to Parliament, it just seems like there are some striking inefficiencies at hand that prevent the rest of the legislative branch from following the Prime Minister’s lead. Am I missing something?