ENGINEER JON Jennings has this week leapt on the online petition bandwagon to call for the title of 'engineer' to be restricted to chartered engineers only.
Jennings has joined an escalating list of people using 10 Downing Street's online petition trial to drum up support for his campaign to restore respect in engineers.
'Car mechanics, plumbers and electricians are now commonly referred to as engineers and banks now regard engineers as semi-skilled, ' says his petition. 'I believe, for the long turn prosperity of the UK, the government must act decisively and introduce laws to protect engineers.' With 2,400 signatories to date, the petition already tops the 'business and industry' category. But it still lags behind the road pricing petition which received 1.7M signatories before it closed on Tuesday and even falls short of the 3,707 who want the prime minister to stand on his head and juggle ice-cream.
ICE director of membership David Lloyd-Roach backed the idea. 'The Institution pports better recognition of the engineer in today's society. As well as electronic petitions, we are keen to encourage members to use and promote the importance of their protected titles.' l
Downing Street's bonkers petitions As NCE went to press
l l0,766 want to repeal the Hunting Act;
l 11,554 want to scrap speed cameras;
l 4,201 want to replace the National Anthem with Gold by Spandau Ballet;
l 3,751 want the Prime Minister to stand on his head and juggle ice-cream;
l 2,831 want to stop the expansion of Stansted Airport;
l 1,858 want to build more nuclear power stations;
l 498 want road taxes spent on roads;
l 219 want atheism recognised as a religion;
l 159 people want elephants sold in UK pet shops; and l 120 people want to stop lottery cash being used to fund the Olympics.