A few days ago Iain Dale brought to my attention, first raised on Conservative Home, an issue to do with the Downing Street online petitions. He asked what control there would be over access to the millions e-mail addresses the government has now amassed.
Now we read that Tony Blair is to send an e-mail to the 1.5 million people who have signed on-line petitions.
So the real value of the petitions is shown. They are simply a tool for the Labour government to be able to get e-mail addresses so they can they be used to "persuade" us. In other words, they are to be used for political purposes.
I said I would never sign an on-line petition, and I won't, but I think it is time we all reminded people that by signing up they may start getting spam e-mails from the Labour government.