Success of e-petition challenged

The Sun newspaper has claimed victory after a former SAS soldier who had been imprisoned for firearms offences was released.

The Sun had launched an e-petition on the website to have the soldier’s 15 month jail sentence suspended, claiming he was a ‘war hero’ who had simply kept the weapons from the Falklands War as a memorial to his fallen comrades.

The article below suggests that The Sun’s e-petition was not responsible for his release, but that he would have been released anyway:

This story is useful for unit 1 pressure groups – the opportunity that the internet offers for pressure group action, arguments that pressure groups have become more important/powerful (and then arguments that in fact they have not!). Also, democracy and participation – the petition secured 161,000 signatures, showing a means that people can participate in politics, perhaps undermining arguments of a participation crisis.


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