Petition for a referendum on casino gambling

So, yes, I’ve been a bit ‘quiet’ this week.

And yes, as some people have guessed in the news threads and Facebook pages as regards the petition for a referendum on casino gambling, I am indeed involved in this – and that is the reason for my being rather quiet!

I stress that this initiative is hardly ‘my baby’ – I am just one part of a team involved in putting this together.

That being said, I am the person who has been handling the media and I am the ‘spokesperson’ in the various news articles on the issue – and as such I accept full responsibility for any mistakes made therewith.

I do want to address one particular issue that seems to have been raised in the various threads, namely the criticism of remaining anonymous.

I took that decision for the following reasons:

  • I hadn’t had time to get permission from other people involved to name them and figured some names would become known during the official launch, so I didn’t think it was that big a deal – we’re not hiding ourselves after all!
  • I had permission to name myself, but I didn’t want all the credit – that would have been unfair on the others involved, and would have given the impression that it was a ‘Jonathan Starling’ initiative alone, which would have misrepresented reality.
  • We didn’t want the issue to be distracted by a focus on the ‘who’ rather than the ‘what’ – the ‘what’ being the call for a referendum on casino gambling and why we are calling for that.

So, all that being said, I welcome people to go visit the website that’s been set up to support the petition initiative and, if you’re so inclined, to sign the online petition (if you prefer that to the physical one, or you’re overseas).  It will be updated during and following the official launch at 1100hrs today.


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