Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/07/05/meet_tom_watson_mp_blogger/

Meet Tom Watson MP: Blogger extraordinare

Agog at Youth Blog

By Drew Cullen

Posted in Bootnotes, 5th July 2003 13:47 GMT

Our attention is drawn the UK's first blogging MP, Tom Watson (Lab, West Bromwich East), and his extraordinary attempt to speak to Da Yoof.

On first reading, we thought it was just another viral campaign from search-engine optimist-cum-Internet prankster Tim Ireland, whose production credits appear on the site. But no, Tom Watson is a real live politician. So yes it is another viral.

Tom may at some point tire of the attention his youth page attracts. As he is an MP, this is unlikely, but just in case, we record his musings in full below. For posterity, you understand. Thanks to Baz for the link. ®

Teens!

We know that you're too busy fighting off your biological urges and being l33t hax0rs to Get Involved, but politics is cool, m'kay?

Nobody ever seems to do anything for The Kids! All the decisions are made by suits, man. That's so lame!!! We know you think of yourselves as responsible citizens, but what you wanna do is turn that thought into an action, dudes.

Get involved - to the extreme!

The BBC politics for kids/teens site is, like, totally wacked! Ditto for the Parliament education site, which even has a section for younger yoof. Fanta-stick!

YoungGov is totally the business for having your say, and there are even wicked Youth Parliament sites for the UK, Scotland and Europe.

(Hey, chill with the anti-Europe vibes already! You totally won't be able to wear the word 'fcuk' on your shirt anymore if we break our connection with France, y'dig? ROFFLE!)

So, cut it with the bling bling and do something for the community, man. Join in and take action with any of the groovy sites we've listed, or just drop Tom a line for a quiet rap by the electronic e-mail. Tom's well-up on the Interwebnet, and he won't harsh your buzz or dis you down the line.

WARNING: Getting involved in politics may cause premature ageing and a sudden loss of friends.