Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Reasons why MPs don't blog

I have mentioned the blog to a number of my parliamentary colleagues and the reactions have been illuminating

"For heaven's sake don't say what you really think about your constituents"

For the record - I love 'em all

"I have never been convinced of the value"

"What's a blog"

"No, no no - I really don't think you should. You will one day say something that will be used against you"

"Very brave"

It just about sums it up really. If a blog is to be useful it has to be immediate and honest but MPs appear to be paralysed (and scared stiff) that they just might say something that is likely to be picked up and commented on. Where is the honesty in that?