Accessible e-democracy

It is known that Hansard via Parliament’s website is not immediately accessible for your average citizen. theyworkforyoucombeta.gif

To counteract this, a group of e-democracy activitists have put together a a new website theyworkforyou.com

It allows you to search for your MP, lists debates in an accessible format including a search function, and encourages interaction via asking for contributions to their jargon dictionary, and more importantly allowing comments on their website, directly linked to debates and written answers. Each MP’s speech comes with a photo, and comments run alongside in the margin.

The site is also available in RSS.

Unfortunately, coverage does not cover the Lords or Committees; and one hopes that the website will extend to this.

Deaf access to MPs could be improved, and one would hope that such a website would provide an invaluable resource. In addition, that Deaf people start making use of the website, so that they can push Deaf political issues in the mainstream and thus have an influence on law making. Don’t just read about it on this blawg, start making use of it!

An article on the new website can be found in the Guardian.

Super Thursday

Today has been labelled as ‘Super Thursday’ given the number of elections that are taking place.

Across the EU today is the European Elections, in addition for the UK is also the Local Elections and the London Mayoral Elections.

Unfortunately, these elections seem to have been a missed opportunity for deaf organisations. For a start, both on European and local council level, BSL recognition could have been targeted. Whilst BSL recognition has received a declaration by the UK government and a token amount contributed to this, there is still a long way to go. Targeting politicians at election stage allows constituents to hold candidates to their pledges once elected.
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