Tony Blair is impotent

But there's still time...

One of Tony Blair's advisers has told him to embrace new media or risk appearing "impotent and irrelevant" to modern voters. Philip Gould, the government's adviser on public opinion, said that while the world had changed significantly, the UK's political processes remain in the past. Coupled with increasing public scepticism over politics, the inaccessibility of MPs and parliament is damaging the democratic process, Gould said. Instead, he advised constituents should have direct access to their MPs over the Internet. Gould also attacked the "adversarial" debating in the House of Commons which serves to alienate the public. Politicians should concentrate on co-operation, collaboration and teamwork, he said. The government is already considering online voting as a way to modernise British politics. ® Some more scenes from the Blair Net Project Blair outbids Gates on Net platitudes Blair condemns kids to life of everlasting Cobol

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