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A recent article on the BBC got me thinking:

Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price has won the British Computer Society’s best MP website award. His site, which can be used by both English and Welsh speakers, was considered “an outstanding example” of design, engagement and accessibility.

Adam PriceHe has a blog, too, and like most people/organisations has launched it separately, rather than trying to integrate it into his main site.

Clearly, good websites by individual MPs are an important part of edemocracy at local, regional and national level, but there’s probably a lot to do in terms of hooking up these individual sites into a web2.0-powered online political conversation.

Such a conversation, of course, could also develop at an EU-wide level, assuming everyone can speak everyone else’s language…

Anyway, it would probably be quite a lot of fun to compare the best sites of politicians from across the EU. I’m interested in the sites of common or garden variety MPs, rather than the overslick sites set up for heads of government, who probably have never actually visited them.

So, anyone volunteer to do a ‘best European MP site award’? Or, at least, nominate a worthy MP site from their country?

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  1. Good idea, but can you point me to a list of European Politicians?
    Here is a list of UK MP’s
    http://www.parliament.uk/directories/hciolists/alms.cfm

    Incidentally, the reason that Adam’s Parliamentary site and his Blog are separate sites is to do with funding. An MP’s Parliamentary site (ie about his/her work as a constituency MP) qualifies for an allowance, but only if it is non-party-political. So many MP’s are creating two sites.

    This has the added advantage in my view that the tub-thumping party political stuff doesn’t get in the way of the non-partisan job of representing constituents in Parliament.

  2. I still believe that politics and blogging are a contradictory combination. In blogging one is able to be honest and impefect.. in politics one is punished for appearing imperfect or saying the wrong thing. Politicians may be blogging, but with the current culture of politics that we have in the Western World, no politician could ever risk being a true blogger and therefore finding examples will be quite difficult. (Yes except for the ones that write their little “today I did this” notes.. which are nice for what they’re worth.)

  3. re: mark’s comment – wouldn’t it be great if blogging and politics *weren’t* contradictory? That would mean politicians could be ‘acceptably imperfect’, which is a bit more realistic.

    What is needed is a cultural change, where politicians loosen up a little … and are not crucified for doing so.

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