When I was looking at their e-petitioning site, I noticed that the Welsh assembly has chosen to position itself outside the .uk hierarchy at http://www.assemblywales.org – it struck me as strange that there no suitable place in the ‘.uk’ hierarchy. So thought I’d do a check on what’s done in the other countries in the UK (accepting the fact that everyone pretends that England doesn’t exist):
|England||There is no explicitly English area|
also via wales.gov.uk
It looks an inconsistent mess: why use ‘scotland’ and ‘scottish’ in different domain names? why is the ‘www.’ prefix required for some sites, and not others?
It also has left the assemblies (in NI and Wales) with the option of including themselves in the .gov.uk hierarchy (as for NI), or excluding themselves entirely (as the Welsh Assembly has done), since they would not be able to be part of the apparently jealously guarded ‘parliament.uk’ domain.
To pick a phrase from the Ideal Government blog: wouldn’t it be better if the OGC (or whoever looks after these things) bit the bullet and created domains such as scotland.uk, wales.uk, ni.uk and (even) england.uk to hold all devolved activities – governments and parliaments/assemblies – and even councils: why not edinburgh.scotland.uk?
The nationalists in Scotland and NI have already had to get over ‘.uk’ part, so I don’t see a problem there. The problem isn’t with the centre’s unwillingness to let go, surely?