Are they keeping this a secret so that selected council staff can scoff all the tax payer-funded canapés themselves?
An alert reader flags up the forthcoming Bristol E-Democracy Day – ‘Modern Methods of governance – democracy in action or mob rule?’ – taking place on 31 October 2007 at – where else? – the home of the city’s laptoperati, The Watershed.
The full programme of events is listed on the e-democracy pages of the council’s website and very exciting it is too.
What particularly appeals to The Blogger about an event that’s supposed to be concerned with democracy is that it offers two perspectives – ‘From the Council Perspective’ and ‘From the Member Perspective’. No room for us ordinary subjects of the city then? Where exactly is the ‘mob’ in this potential for mob rule?
You’ve got to laugh at these idiots really though haven’t you? Funding and organising themselves some cosy conference in a suitably tasteful and costly environment to talk about self-serving interpretations of internet democracy. Petitions have historically achieved nothing and everyone knows consultation is a pointless farce. Putting this kind of stuff on the net won’t change anything.
Highlights on the day include a welcome from “Mr Digital” himself, Labour’s money-man John Bees who can’t even seem to operate a pocket calculator properly and Green councillor Charlie Bolton talking about blogging, which promises to be a bit like listening to John Terry on ballet.
Places can be booked on the council’s site and it appears to be FREE!