Maybe it’s the result of a very wet August? Whatever is making me grumpy, I hope it will soon blow over and I can return to my normal cheerful frame of mind. Meanwhile, you have the option of switching over NOW to something more positive.
I signed a petition a few months ago, can’t remember exactly what, but it was for or against something I feel quite strongly about. Probably to retain the ban on fox-hunting, or something to do with refugees. The reason why I’m not sure about which petition it was is that ever since then I have been inundated by e-mails begging me to join hundreds of others demanding that this or that body or government stop doing nasty things to people, animals and the environment. And I have added my name to a few of them, where I felt there was some point. These don’t include requests to Mugabe or his ilk to do anything different, I hasten to add, as that really is pointless.
With all of these good causes, backed by various important-sounding people, I have looked into the background and made my decision to sign a few of the petitions en connaissance de cause. What annoys me now is that as a result, my name and e-mail address have obviously gone onto someone’s list that has been brokered and I’m judged an easy target for any crackpot wanting to change anything. Plus I am getting e-mails that say: You signed this petition, how would you like to put your money where your mouth is and donate £5?
No, I wouldn’t. I take any petition I sign seriously, and might under certain unlikely circumstances be persuaded to stand out in the cold and rain holding a banner, or even join a march. My donations are a different matter entirely. I support a small number of excellent causes that are personally known to me, where I know that my money is actually being put to good purpose, and not to pay high executives’ salaries. I don’t need the emotional blackmail of heart-wrenching photographs and stories to extort more funds from me.
Perhaps I should start a petition myself to protect petitioners from being petitioned?