I have also been observing how people are discussing this topic online. One point of disagreement I have noticed is whether or not it is 'worth it' to sign this petition. I agree with those individuals who say that the petition is of significant symbolic value. Whether or not a General Election will be called in 2016 is not (as I understand it), the only important thing. The large number of signatures represents a very substantial outpouring of indignation about the dishonest and self-serving character of our current government. The very existence of such a petition, with the vast number of signatures (well over 100 000 so far) may well come back to haunt the Conservatives in the near future.
It may not only be Labour that is facing the peril of becoming unelectable!
Is the UK heading towards a more coalition-based status quo?
And if so, will this result in another referendum on first past the post?
Is political pluralism going to become greater in the UK, for better and not only for worse?
We will see.
For now, the Conservatives are lurching from one disaster to another.
For me, the petition symbolizes a new stage in the current disastrous regime. It's not only about pernicious policies; but also bare-assed corruption and self-serving immorality, if not outright illegality. I don't know about the legal implications, if any, in relation to the recent Panamagate news; and I am no prophet, it is true.
But as Bob Dylan has justly proclaimed:
You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows!