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  • Government Minister joins the Blogosphere

    by Leon
    24th January, 2007 at 5:29 pm    

    Government Minister Harriet Harman has revamped her website and started blogging. This is the second Government Minister to join the blogging craze but to my mind she’s a little more in touch with the idea of blogging.

    Probably because David Miliband has been criticised for cost and blandness, Harriet has gone to some lengths to counter this. So far she seems to be speaking her mind (as much as any politician is able).

    I’ve posted a few suggestions over there on how to make the blog a success and invite you to (let’s not get the reputation that certain bloggers readers have) do likewise.

    In my view it’s a good thing that a Government Minister find new ways of making themselves accountable, new media can have great leveling effect and one the enthusiastic progressive should put to good use.

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    1. Tim Worstall — on 24th January, 2007 at 5:40 pm  

      She might want to invest in a spell checker:

    2. Leon — on 24th January, 2007 at 5:54 pm  

      Yeah I read, we’ll be complaining about the colour of her hair next…

    3. sonia — on 24th January, 2007 at 6:08 pm  

      Good points you made leon. Especially about not posting material from elsewhere - heh. Will have to keep my eyes on this one.

    4. Sahil — on 24th January, 2007 at 6:19 pm  

      But I wonder whether she really could engage properly. I mean everything politicans say is analysed to death. Blogging is almost recreational writing, so imagine how people would pounce on her if she says anything that does not meet New Labour’s criterion.

    5. Bert Preast — on 24th January, 2007 at 7:07 pm  

      Good news. Politicians now have a way to speak to the rabble without going via the medium of the press, and as long as they keep getting questioned by the media too things are looking up. Makes life more difficult for the spinners.

      Sahil - I don’t doubt errors will be made, but on the plus side this is the sort of thing to humanise the politicians to the masses and hopefully vice-versa. Also, as opposed to interviewers having only minutes to question policy points, bloggers have all the time in the world. If a politico is unable to say “yeah, I may have fucked up here, I’ll have a bit of a rethink” we’re probably better off withouth them anyway.

    6. Jon — on 24th January, 2007 at 7:27 pm  

      In reply to Sahil - keep an eye on Harriet’s blog and see what is written there. I’m quite confident that it should be a lot more down to earth and straightforward than people are used to from Labour.

      As for the typo - well, haven’t we all made typos in what we write, you included Tim?

    7. Clairwil — on 24th January, 2007 at 9:37 pm

      Or our elected friends could just use their blogs to be rude about me.

    8. Sunny — on 24th January, 2007 at 10:04 pm  

      You know you love it Clairwil.

    9. Bert Preast — on 24th January, 2007 at 10:27 pm  

      Clairwil - If terrible Tel should offer to meet you somewhere “in private” to dicuss politics, send along Kismet in a wig. It’s a win/win situation.

    10. Tim Worstall — on 25th January, 2007 at 10:22 am  

      Jon, I agree that we all make typos. It was just that that was a rather amusing one. Also, a typo is usually a mistake, fat fingers, you know, while she actually used the wrong spelling twice, meaning, well, one might assume anyway, that she actually thought the word was spelt that way.

      For balance, something that she really should be criticised for, the fact that as Minister for Justice (as I think she is now, rather than my own mistake of calling her Solicitor General) she doesn’t actually know what the law is:

    11. sonia — on 25th January, 2007 at 10:41 am  

      i would be more encouraged by the politicians and blogging thing if i thought they were going to be reading other people’s blogs..

    12. sonia — on 25th January, 2007 at 10:44 am  

      sahil’s got a good point - party politics ensures that she won’t be speaking freely!

      its the same problem as with any blogger who might have to toe an organizational line.

    13. sonia — on 25th January, 2007 at 10:47 am  

      or writer in general - not necessarily blogger.

    14. Leon — on 25th January, 2007 at 4:18 pm  

      @ Tom fair point, perhaps its issues like this people should start raising on her site?

      @ sonia #11 good point, that’s the direction I was thinking in when I brought up the posting content from other sites point over there…

      It’s early days and I admit I’m not expecting too much from her but do hope for a lot from us. Take em at their word I say and then if they screw up ask why, if they refuse to answer go get em and take no prisoners!

    15. Clairwil — on 25th January, 2007 at 5:00 pm  

      ‘Clairwil - If terrible Tel should offer to meet you somewhere “in private” to dicuss politics, send along Kismet in a wig. It’s a win/win situation.’

      What has poor Kismet done to deserve that? I wouldn’t mind about Tezzabaws slagging me if he’d answer my bloody questions.

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