“The Internet is not a threat to a renewal in our democracy”

Plenty of speculation on who the next speaker will be. On the right Anne Widdecombe is a rising favourite at least until the next election. Dan Hannan has written the acceptance speech of the man or woman he would back. But Tom Steinberg at MySociety has set up three principles he thinks the new Speaker must back:

1. Voters have the right to know in detail about the money that is spent to support MPs and run Parliament, and in similar detail how the decisions to spend that money are settled upon.

2. Bills being considered must be published online in a much better way than they are now, as the Free Our Bills campaign has been suggesting for some time.

3. The Internet is not a threat to a renewal in our democracy, it is one of its best hopes. Parliament should appoint a senior officer with direct working experience of the power of the Internet who reports directly to the Speaker, and who will help Parliament adapt to a new era of transparency and effectiveness.

Which begs the question: what about Stormont? Is anyone interested in making that a conversation worth having at PiCamp?


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