Comment: A wrong message from the top

So this is a call to action. The Internet and email mean there’s no reason for apathy when it comes to contacting your MP. It takes a few seconds to compose and send an email, and even less time to resend it a few days later if you didn’t get the response you were after.

The growth of home Internet access is a huge opportunity to create a closer link between the elector and the elected (see the MP Richard Allan’s blog – www.richardallan.org.uk – for an excellent example of what can be done). If computer users make the most of their ability to lobby MPs, then by the time of the next election more MPs will have made use of the email address assigned to them. That will indirectly increase their awareness of IT issues, and they’ll be in a better position to understand the value of technology.

And with more MPs getting to grips with email and everything that goes with it, they’ll be more likely to understand the things PC users have to deal with on a daily basis. And that should mean there’s less chance I’ll receive spam from the Prime Minister in the run up to the 2010 general election.

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