A petition to equip disabled people with helper monkeys, seems well within the grand tradition of tomfoolery, or gentle mocking of authority. What the Times, and indeed I, find more interesting is the Government's response.
For those among you who can't be arsed, the most salient point seems to me to be:
While we are aware of similar initiatives already in existence, the Government does not currently have any plans to make monkeys available to people with disabilities
Aware of similar initiatives..? Anyone know? Are the French giving out helper monkeys? The Spanish?