Of course it isnt a failure, it is by the far the most successful petition (in pure numerical terms) we carers have ever been involved in. And my very minor quibbles about sloppy drafting notwithstanding, I'm thrilled it has got this far .. but sadly it appears to have stalled significantly and unless something dramatic occurs, it will not reach the hoped-for 100k figure. I dont think the "captcha" process is the big problem, though it may have lost us a few hundred signatures. I think the problem is that there are still a fairly small number of people who are active campaigners, (like thee and me) and we only have so many friends each, and once we get outside of that activist envelope, enthusiam wanes exponentially. Thats maybe where more skilful drafting at the very start might have helped to raise legitimate concerns amongst people who are not currently engaged in campaigning. i.e., we are preaching to the converted and need to consider how to get the message out to a much wider potential network.
"This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn. We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous - indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose." - Richard Dawkins