True engagement with internet users has come relatively recently, though. The Government and political parties haven’t been shy of taking their message elsewhere on the web using social networking sites such as Facebook and tools such as Twitter to get people interested. The Downing Street Twitter page [www.downingstreetsays.com] carries reports from the Prime Minister’s daily press briefings.
But these are all official sources, and information will always be bias in favour of their own political views. If you go to the following sites you will find out what YOUR political servant[s] have, or have not, been up to......
Some of the most useful work on ‘politics and the internet’ has been done by an organisation called My Society [www.mysociety.org]. Although this group built the Number 10 Downing Street petitions web site, it went on to built several other extremely useful sites that you could use to find out more about your elected representatives.
Write To Them [www.writetothem.com] is not just for MP’s , but includes members of the European parliament, members of the Scottish parliament [MSP’s], and local councillors.
They Work For You [www.theyworkforyou.com] offers all sorts of information about your MP & MSP’s and how to contact them. More interestingly, the site provides information about what they have said in Parliament and how they have voted. That way you can find out whether your representatives agree with your views. You can even set up an email alert so you get a message whenever your MP or MSP speaks, or when anyone mentions a particular topic.
Hear From Your MP [www.hearfromyourmp.com] enable people to sign up to email updates directly from their MP.
Note My Vote [www.notemyvote.co.uk/] enables you to vote on UK legislation before it becomes law. Your Member of Parliament will be informed of aggregate opinion in his or her constituency prior to the Final Vote on legislation in the House of Commons
Tell Them What You Think [www.tellthemwhatyouthink.org] collects consultations for the UK & Scottish Government into one place so you can comment on them easily.
So, go ahead and register with these sites and you may be surprised to discover how much, or how little, your accountable public servants are doing [or prepared to do] for YOU !