A petition to “bring back Daft Punk” has been rejected by the UK Government.
The fan-led campaign was launched following the French electronic duo’s decision to call time on their legendary partnership. Despite the petition’s case for a forced reunification, the official response claims responsibility doesn’t lie with Westminster, but the artists, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.
“Bring back Daft Punk and we want a new album for the pain they’ve put us through, and collabs with The Weeknd and Julian Casablancas!,” the petition reads.
According to the reply: “Any decision to re-form Daft Punk, and any potential collaborations, is a matter for them, not the UK Government or Parliament. You may Get Lucky and find they choose to reform One More Time. We only reject petitions that don’t meet the petition standards.”
Any British citizen or UK resident has the right to create and sign a petition proposing changes to policy or law. At 10,000 signatures government response is required, and any campaign to reach 100,000 signatures must be debated in parliament itself. The official Daft Punk petition data shows only seven people signed in support.
Throughout the pandemic, this system has been used to highlight a number of major concerns from the UK music and cultural sectors. Recent examples of campaigns that did make it to parliament include VISA-free touring between Britain and the EU following Brexit, which surpassed 200,000 signees in January. An ongoing move to stop proposed 50% cuts to arts funding at UK universities currently has 165,885 names on its list. You read more on that and make your voice heard, here.