Brown backs Parliamentary petitions

I couldn’t help feeling slightly underwhelmed by the new Prime Minister’s statement on constitutional reform. I have fond memories of the rollercoaster week or so which immediately followed Labour taking power in 1997. I expected a grand gesture: instead, all we got was a ‘route map’. But he did make an explicit reference to ‘encourag(ing) this House to agree a new process for ensuring consideration of petitions from members of the public’. David Cameron said something similar a month ago, so I guess this one is a goer.