Elites and E-democracy: MPs, Representation and ICTs. Stephen Ward Oxford Internet Institute University of Oxford [email protected] Research focus. Anglo-Australian comparison (Westminster, Canberra, Scotland, Wales, Victoria and Queensland)
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“Modernise parliament and we could do more. If we had screens in the chamber we could actually get on with some work... We get text messages in the chamber. We’re probably not supposed to but the speaker’s not stopped it. That’s how antiquated we are.”
“We’re really looking at brand imaging. We want to give a feel of who he is and what he’s been doing…”
The great thing about the blog is it’s kind of liberating in that when you visit someone’s blog you’re in their home and you’ll be polite and you engage and follow the usual niceties…In terms of what people can say they can criticise me personally. They usually joke at my physical size. They attacked the government; don’t mind that. If they overstep the mark and start swearing and using extreme language they’re out. To make a blog work you have got to let go of the vehicle. You have got to except that people are going to come back at you with different views and that it’s going to be up there on your site and sometimes you will get a dozen people disagreeing with you, that’s just the way it is. I don’t really mind
“Blogs, interactive democracy and the like, well we just haven’t got the time. Mps have bursts of enthusiasm then reality bites and it gathers dust. A couple of weeks enthusiasm and then nothing…. There has to be a hard evaluation of the benefits. My suspicion is the returns are marginal, returns are minimal. In fact, it’s probably more trouble than it’s worth.”
“We’re fucked… parties are finished… no one cares about this place [westminster]”
“There’ll always be a lumpen proletariat who think that we’re all eating and drinking at the public’s expense and that we’re only in it for ourselves but then that’s democracy”.