1.4 Million Have Not Signed Petition Against Proroguing Parliament


The Guardian is less than entirely accurate in its headline here about the petition against the proroguing of Parliament:

More than 1.4m people sign petition to stop proroguing of parliament

That’s not quite the case, no.

A petition calling on the government not to prorogue parliament has already been signed by more than 1.4 million people. It was launched on 15 August by Mark Johnston, a pro-EU campaigner from Reigate in Surrey, two weeks before Boris Johnson announced his request to suspend parliament. The text of the petition reads: “Parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved unless and until the article 50 period has been sufficiently extended or the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU has been cancelled.

Not really, a clue being here:

It is the fastest-growing parliamentary petition since more than 6 million people signed a statement calling for article 50 to be revoked earlier this year.

Yes, that’s the one with more than the occasional A. Hitler and several I. Amins signing it.

What could be true is that there are 1.4 million signatures on that petition but it isn’t true that there are 1.4 million individuals who have signed it. Quite what proportion are multiple signatures is unknown at present but it’s going to be more than a trivial percentage. At least I bet it will be.