Thursday, June 17, 2004 -- find out what your MP has been saying/is up to in Parliament

Firstly, apologies for the lack of recent posts.

Secondly, and on to my main point here, is the kind of website that illustrates the potential the internet and World Wide Web have for transforming the relationship between governments and the governed for the better.

On this website you can not only look up debates and see who said what in Parliament, but you can add your own comments on the proceedings -- and read what others have added. You can put in your postcode, find out who your MP is and find out what he/she has been upto in Parliament, including what they said and how they voted on various pieces of legislation.

Who knows what the impact of the development of such websites will be, but one thing's for sure. It makes it easier than ever for people to keep an eye on the shenanigans of those we elect to represent us at Westminster, and it allows people to by-pass the mainstream media and look at what's said without the biases, spin and filters the media normally adds.

Now I wonder if something similar exists for EU institutions...

NB: Should you wish to look up UK legislation itself click here for Acts of Parliament (ie stuff already on the statute books) or click here for Bills going through Parliament (stuff that ain't yet made it).

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