Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Could Liz Kendall's Twitter blunder be a good thing for Parliament?

Oh dear. Sky report that new Leicester West Labour MP Liz Kendall has earned the disapproval of Parliamentary authorities after posting a photo of the House of Lords after the Queen's Speech on Twitter.

There are people who say that iPhones bring nothing but trouble, because it's so easy just to take a picture and tweet without thinking but to be honest I think that Parliament needs to be dragged into the 21st century. I really don't have a problem with somebody posting a photograph on a social network of an event that's being televised. Parliament belongs to us all and if that over excited tweet gets one person interested in what happens in the place, it's a good thing.

I think the likes of Jo Swinson and Tom Harris tweeting from the Chamber is great - it really brings the proceedings to life for me to have their take on what's going on. I suspect that every second MP taking photos of every debate or PMQs even would be a bit distracting, but I hope that the powers that be will not make too much of a fuss about Liz's post. In fact, they could take their heads out of their ceremonial robes and relax the rules so that as many people as possible can get a flavour of what happens in the Palace of Westminster.

As for Liz Kendall, I love the fact that the earlier episode didn't phase her - within a few hours, she was back to compiling her photographic of her first weeks inside the Palace of Westminster.

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