I don’t know if any of you use , the instant update site. I joined it recently for one reason: Gordon Brown is on it. Well, one of his aides is anyway. The posts updates throughout the day on what the Prime Minister is up to, who he is meeting, with links to speeches made or to details of agreements reached. There’s also a , and it’s a wordpress blog no less.
On the one hand, it really doesn’t make much difference to my day what Gordon Brown is up to. On the other, it’s democracy at its most immediate, a connection between the politician and the people he speaks for. On a week like today, where crucial meetings are taking place on poverty, malaria, water and sanitation, and HIV/AIDS, I really care about Brown’s agenda and the outcomes of his meetings, so it’s great to be able to follow along from a distance.
I notice is still in beta. Here’s my vote for keeping it.