Republican kings

This piece first appeared on Opendemocracy.net.  Guess whose manifesto begins: “There is nothing more beautiful in a democracy than the love of one’s country, to which every vote that slides into the ballot box on election day bears witness.” I’m sure you guessed it’s not Boris Johnson, or Ken Livingstone, or your local district councillor. […]

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 […]