Why MPs don’t blog

  • More on why MPs seem to be burying their heads in the sand – insitutional intertia from the House of Commons, who are trying to impose the same rules of etiquette that apply in the Commons chamber on the internet.
    “They didn’t have any complaints about the party political content, it was the courtesies of the House,” Labour MP Paul Flynn told the BBC News website. “But I have never seen the rules written down. They just rang me up after reading my blog and said ‘you can’t say that'”.

About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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3 Responses to Why MPs don’t blog

  1. Pingback: MPs websites - politics on the rates? « Local Democracy

  2. Peppone says:

    Um I thought that the parlimentry priviliges only aplied with in westminister propper.

    And as one of the complaints is comparing some one to a character to DS9 that’s hardly “fightin words” is it – comparing a some one to say Baltar (BSG) and you might have a point.

  3. Peter says:

    I agree – it just prevents MPs being able to express themselves. I don’t really see how the personal and the political can be separated like this. As John Worth said in response to Simon Dickson’s blog on this:

    the Comms allowance rules try to draw a straight line through the very grey area of where party political and parliamentarian communications overlap, and it’s always going to be a mess.

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