Blogosphere is talking in a united voice
Seems blogosphere is talking in a united voice. Everybody has something to say about the report Voluntary code for blogs needed. I've lost track of the postings on LibDem Blogs but as expected LibDems have been pretty vocal on the issue. Cicero's Songs posting is short and sweet but straight to the point.
Then there's all the usual top bloggers having their pennyworth here, here, here and Chicken Yoghurt has really gone to town. He writes, First, last week, we had Tony Blair's senior policy adviser Matthew Taylor telling us that blogs and bloggers were undermining the relationship between public and politicians. Now Alastair Campbell says he is expressing his concerns.
For Alastair Campbell to even suggest there should be some regulation just goes to show how much bloggers are influencing readers. People are freely expressing their opinions and reaching an untapped audience which politicians don't like. It scares the hell out of them. It is not easy to brush things under the carpet these days. People want to know what is going on and feel they have the right to know.
The idea of policing blogs is ludicrous. How on earth do they think they can enforce it. Words from one of my favourite blogs, so articulately put, There should be no government regulation of the internet, as it should a place "in which views bloom". Although how exactly government would regulate something as ephemeral as the internet has yet to be established.
It's not just the Labour party that is expressing concerns there are reservations amongst the heavyweights from all the parties. It is something they can't control. With their members now writing about their party internal matters and what is going on locally they are panicing in case something written is used by the opposition. One can understand why politicians are feeling hot under the collar. What can they do? Political parties don't like anything written by anybody that does not follow the official party lines. They are terrified any secret being exposed.
My blog is my space to express myself. I have been told several times that some of my postings could be deemed to bring the party into disrepute. Absolutely rubbish, I've said it before - I've seen wonders written by some key LibDems mine is tame in comparison. Anyway what is more important, my freedom to express myself or being a Lib Dem clone?
Would dread to think what would happen if political bloggers were restricted in what they could say party political bullies would have a field day.