French presidential campaign websites: game on!

Meandering around the French presidential campaign websites, it’s almost too easy to draw comparisons between site and candidate. Insurgent leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon has a blog that doesn’t quite have <blink> tags, but feels distinctly 2005 (though his party website is slicker). The Socialist party‘s François Hollande has a good-looking site, but with its 60 commitments […]

@fhollande (hearts) Gov1.0

I’m not sure whether political manifestos really describe the state of a nation’s politics, but they give strong hints. Reading François Hollande’s “60 commitments for France“, it’s a shame to see no echo of the discussions about new models for public services that you hear in the UK. François Hollande, the Socialist candidate for president […]

20 things from UK GovCamp (#ukgc12)

As suggested by Dan Slee, here are twenty of the things I learned at UKGovCamp. (“We” here refers to GovCamp attenders and fellow-travellers rather than Demsoc). 1. GDS is getting big and getting mainstream. It feels like for the past couple of years we’ve been playing with a cute little puppy called “”, and all […]

Eric Cantona runs for President of France

Eric Cantona has written to all the mayors in France appealing for their support to stand in the French presidential election. Libé has his original letter, in which he describes himself as an “engaged citizen” and promises to campaign against the “too limited” chances that young people have, and society’s “too numerous, too violent and […]

Election year, not just in the US

According to Foreign Policy, in 2012: A third of the world’s nations will be holding local, state, or national elections; a number of Arab Spring countries will be putting their democratic aspirations into action; and four out of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the United States, Russia, China and France […]

Lunchtime list for June 17th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Commons needs to be more ‘box office’, says Sir George – Sir George Young has given a speech on how to make the role of Parliament better-known and increase coverage of Parliamentary debates. L’Europe attend les architectes – Jacques Delors (of Up […]

Lunchtime list for June 7th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Collaborative Democracy in Second Life – Remember the Second Life hype a while back? The service is still around, and some of its participants are involved in thinking about political decision-making structures within it. Here's a blog post from Gwyneth Llewelyn on […]