- The Listeners' Law poll
winner of the Today poll to suggest a new piece of legislation was
announced on the New Year's Day programme.
were a total of 26,007 votes - 17,829 telephone votes, 8,160 secure
email votes and the rest were other emails and faxes.
first place was a proposal to authorise homeowners to use any means
to defend their home from intruders - 37% of the vote.
was a bill to allow the use of all organs for transplant after death
unless the individual has "opted out" and recorded that
opt out on an organ transplant register - 30% of the vote.
was a proposal
to ban smoking in all workplaces, to include bars and restaurants
- 20% of the vote.
Bill which would have limited the number of terms a Prime Minister
can serve to two, and which would have made voting in General Elections
compulsory for all of voting age (subject to the provision of a
"No Vote" box on the ballot paper) was fourth in the poll
with 9% of the vote.
fifth was an idea to ban all Christmas advertising and the erection
of municipal street decorations before 1 December - 4% of the vote.
Miranda Holt, Today Programme Assistant Editor, said: "We're
delighted that twenty six thousand people voted in our Listener's
winning one - the proposal to allow homeowners to use any means
to defend their home from intruders - was a controversial choice
- but won 37% of the vote.
we look forward to seeing whether the MP Stephen Pound succeeds
in persuading the 20 MPs who have been chosen to put forward Private
Members Bills to take up our listeners' proposal and make it law."
programme Christmas poll invites listeners to re-write the laws
of the land (16.12.03)
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