November 24, 2003
Blogging MPs

Blogging MPs are still fairly rare at the moment. This is a bit strange, really, 'cos it's a cheap and effective way to communicate directly with a potentially large number of people, without the media filtering which annoys politicians so much. I'm sure that we'll see blogging used more in the future.

Labour MP Tom Watson was the first MP to take up the new medium, so far as I know, starting his blog in March this year. Recently, I came across another couple of Blogging MPs: Clive Soley, and Richard Allan.

Both are interesting reads. Today's sound-bite mass media don't really allow politicians to put their views across at any length, so any subtleties in their arguments are lost. In posts like George Bush speech in London and Identity Cards A Solution Looking for a Problem, Stoley and Allan show that with a bit more freedom, they can make a lot more sense.

Posted to Blogs by Simon Brunning at November 24, 2003 01:12 PM

I think I know the reason these haven't been very popular -- who wants to read what a politician has to write?! :)

I mean, scroll down that entire page check the number of comments to his posts. It's rare to find one that's not 0.

There's more activity on a 14-year-old's Livejournal than THIS thing!

Posted by: Chris on November 28, 2003 02:59 PM
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