Political Bloggers – you’re causing a crisis

So says Labour’s strategy advisor Matthew Taylor:

“What is the big breakthrough, in terms of politics, on the web in the last few years? It’s basically blogs which are, generally speaking, hostile and, generally speaking, basically see their job as every day exposing how venal, stupid, mendacious politicians are. The internet is being used as a tool of mobilisation, which is fantastic, but it only adds to the growing, incommensurate nature of the demands being made on government.”

So internet bloggers are to blame for politicians failing to reach the electorate…for failing to deliver?  How does that one work?   It’s ridiculous.  The mainstream media has had exclusivity for too long and now, Joe Public has found an efficient and wide-reaching outlet for its voice.  Voters have always had a cynical and wary streak in them towards politicians and government.  That’s healthy politics.  It’s certainly not a new phenomenon.  They simply have a new and better platform from which to let the politicians know their grievances, their viewpoints and even their policy suggestions.  And the politicans would be advised to take note.   They’d be wise to listen and learn from some of the excellent bloggers out there. 


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by misslionheart on November 19, 2006 at 12:37 am

    Absolutely. I’m not politically minded, but I can say that I’ve understood more about British politics, in particular, by reading blogs than listening to politicians on T.V. I watch very little television, in fact, Bob the Builder is all I see. So, thanks to you, I would know very little of whats going on in the world.


  2. Ta very much chuck.

    This blog is not likely any day soon to cause a political crisis, that’s for sure. 🙂


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