Three years ago when I was working in Parliament, during my gap year, with the help of the MP I worked for, I launched a petition to try and stop the conversion of the staff bar in Bellamy's into a creche. This was a pet project of the newly instated Speaker John Bercow and had been pushed through the House of Commons Commission without any consultation or any thought into the most cost effective way to execute Bercow's desires (he is after all one of the few users of the creche).
As you can read in the extracts from Hansard (below) the petition (which was signed by over 400 staff) was not just about having somewhere 'to drink' but actually about thinking and being pragmatic as to the best space for the creche. We even suggested a location that hadn't been recently refurbished. Here is the petition as presented to Parliament (click to make bigger).
Despite this the nursery provides no value for money as there are currently 15 children attending it on a regular basis despite the fact it can cater for up to 40 children. These 15 children have six members of staff (probably the equivalent ratio to a five star hotel) and thus presuming a salary of 30k and including the loss of the original refurbishment, they are being looked after at £81,154 tax payer pounds each. In other words they're probably the most expensive babies in Britain!
With the Virgin trains petition reaching over 100,000 signatures Bercow's blind ambition to 'make his mark' is a great example of how the people should be listened to on certain matters, and how often some decisions deserve a second look.