UK Gov's ePetition's site crashes willy-nilly

The UK government's bright idea of running an e-petitions website has met with the inevitable teething problems as the site crashed on the day of launch under the combined weight a pair of moaning minnies demanding a return of the death penalty and withdrawal from the EU.

The site was launched on Thursday July 29th, but soon yo-yoed on and offline as the number of e-petitions on the site mounted. Right now there seems to be around FOUR petitions on the site with a stunning total of SEVEN votes.

OK, actually, we're wrong there. After this screen:

we managed to find an 18-page list of petitions. Amongst these, the "Scrap Trident Now" petition is popular at 18 votes but the most popular we have found so far is the 'Legalise Cannabis' petition standing at 140 votes.

We had a stab at voting for that one but once again got the "Sorry something went wrong" screen above.

According to the Government's spiel, "e-petitions is an easy way for you to influence government policy in the UK."

The masterminds behind the site say users "can create an e-petition about anything that the government is responsible for and if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons."

The likelihood of gathering 100,000 signatures on any of these is in our short experience virtually nil. Unless Anonymous can help us out a bit, that is.