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The Guardian talks Open Policymaking

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 21 November 2012

Chris, Simon and Ade of this parish were part of a Guardian panel that debated consultation earlier this week. The write-up is here, but a couple of key comments that stood out for me were: Government consultation can learn from Wikipedia and how it manages excess data: I think there are two more elements that get…

Ideology won’t win back non-voters

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 12 June 2012

Two parallel articles in the papers today. Here’s George Monbiot in this morning’s Guardian: The real problem is not that working-class voters have switched their voting preferences but that they are not voting at all because there’s too little at stake, [so] the correct political prescription is to do the opposite [of New Labour]: to…

Media regulation: discussion event report

Profile photo of Susie Latta Susie Latta 08 May 2012

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been publishing a series of posts from contributors on the topic of media regulation and democracy. On 25 April, the contributors and others gathered at the RSA to discuss their pieces and the issues that were raised, and this is a rough record of the discussion. These are multiple…

Media regulation: Rectifying the flaw

Profile photo of Dave Boyle Dave Boyle 16 April 2012

On 25 April, Demsoc is holding a discussion event on media regulation and new democracy at the RSA in London. This contribution to the debate comes from Dave Boyle. If you would like to attend, numbers are limited, but a few free tickets are left. In his famous mea culpa, Alan Greenspan told the US…

The Worshipful Guild of Free Cobblers

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 16 November 2011

People who believe they’ve had previous lives always seem to have been Cleopatra or Nefertiti rather than an acne-ridden donkey drover from Lichfield.  In the same way, people who have discovered secret legal knowledge always discover things that enable them to do what the hell they like, while still having all the legal protections that the rest…

Still can’t decide?

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 05 May 2010

Polling Day is tomorrow and if – like a third of voters – you still haven’t definitively made up your mind how to vote, here are some resources for you to take a look at: Carrie’s roundup of websites that match users’ views to parties’ policies. Find out which party’s opinions are close to yours…