Getting political

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I am not particularly political by nature and the different political parties leave me a bit cold. Aside from Part V of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, I have never felt the need to pay attention to political goings on in the UK. In many respects, I pay more attention to the political goings-on of my own country.

In addition the shameless self-promotion required of politicians in elections sits uncomfortably with me, it just feels wrong – like socialising with a drunk over-communicating used car salesman.

However, at the behest of my public affairs colleague and pod neighbour Nick Osborne, I have been providing a perspective on digital and technology-related issues over at Left Foot Forward, this is how they describe themselves:

Left Foot Forward is a political blog for progressives. We provide evidence-based analysis on British politics, news and policy developments.

We are a non-partisan blog. Because we are progressive and because of the aims we’re committed to, we often find ourselves in agreement with left of centre policies and politicians. But we are focused purely on the quality of policies and furthering progressive goals, rather than on promoting individual politicians and parties.

We have been inspired by our U.S. sister site, Think Progress, and have therefore adopted their approach to blogging by setting out our beliefs and categorising our stories accordingly.

Much of my output has focused on the Digital Economy Bill and related parts of the Finance Bill as the government’s response to Lord Carter’s flawed Digital Britain report.

Digital David

I highlighted concerns about the bill and have tried to put things into perspective.

Anyway here is the digital economy-related articles to date.

Examining these issues for the Left Foot Forward blog has brought home to me is the power of lobbying is far greater and more influential than I had ever previously considered. We often place politicians in a position where they are making long term strategic decisions on issues that they don’t really understand, so are particularly vulnerable to influence.

I look forward to working with our public affairs team in areas of interest that will be making a meaningful difference both here and the developing world. More news as it happens.