Brown's website is Web2.0tastic
Ten Downing Street has a new website, or rather blog. And it's hip.
Based on open source WordPress code, the site ticks off every Web 2.0 word-bingo box - even claiming to be in Beta. It's got everything the kids want: A Flickr page, a YouTube channel, podcasts and even a Twitter section - "it's 10 Downing Street here! I'm at 10 Downing Street!"
The site also has its own embedded video channel - Number10tv. You can link news stories to Delicious, Digg or Facebook, but, in the finest tradition of UK government, you cannot comment on them.
The site is suffering from a few glitches - signing up for newsletters is not possible - and went down entirely yesterday. It clearly needs Gordo's loving touch.
Communication with the PM is via the e-petitions site or via YouTube. There are already videos asking why people are not allowed to self-medicate with cannabis, and one from a 16-year-old girl concerned about the lamentable state of ambulances brought in for repair while she did work experience at a garage.
Sadly, emailing Gordon Brown is still not possible. When The Register asked about this in July we were told Brown would be contactable within a week. In August it still wasn't working and the e-petitions service shut for the summer. The new site says we will be able to email Gordo from 18 August. ®
You are right, we don't vote for a Prime Minister, we vote for a Party.
BUT, the image/persona of the person who will eventually become PM plays a great part in which party you vote for.
Policies change (daily?) but an MP's spots won't !
So whilst you may like to think this country votes for a political party, I'll guarantee that the majority actually vote for a person. There are statistics that prove this !
p.s. Web-site isn't that bad if taken at face value.
Prime Minister's Questions from the youth of today
Y wont u let us by nifes, there well wikkid innit?
Type 'crap' into the search box - comes back with one hit - An interview with Bob Geldof...