VoxPolitics' James Crabtree has a new article discussing MPs' use of the Internet over the last ten years. Like many James had high hopes for the Internet's role in politics. But most politicians just aren't getting it. The article notes the relatively low levels of resources MPs have when compared to their US equivalents. True enough and Parliament's actual modes of working are antiquated: Richard Allan MP often complains that his days are structured in a way to prevent him doing the things he wants to!
Still the article ends on a hopeful note… A new generation of MPs might be more open to using the Internet to its full potential. I certainly hope so. In the mean time we can work on fine tuning the tools and the online political environment. We'll be ready when the MPs are!