Day One Is Over May 15, 2006Posted by Julian Todd in Politics.
Unfortunately no one on this site can be on duty for Day Two, so there will be an open thread for anyone to post their comments, or link to another site that live blogs that 6 hour extravaganza tomorrow.
What have I learnt?
Quite a lot, really. There's something that doesn't quite work with Live Blogging a staged debate — it's difficult to add anything constructive to what a number of very eloquent and well-prepared people are saying. It's also over a very long time, and will all be available tomorrow on www.theyworkforyou.com where you are encouraged to go post any comments.
What I have tried to do here is similar to the commenting on that website, which has never really taken off either. In the long term, we need is to get the Bills themselves into a proper computerized system on which we can watch the changes, and narrate our feelings.
That is where it really happens.
The debate we — outside of Parliament — have had on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, has far exceeded what was going on inside the House and especially the Standing Committee until now. Today we have seen Parliament change their schedule and hold a debate to catch up with our debate.
Never forget that. There is much much more to democracy than simply voting in general elections. We need to watch everything carefully at all times. We need to watch the laws they pass, the laws the try to pass, and every piece of regulatory change they think they can slip out at five o'clock on a Friday afternoon when everyone has gone home. Now we will need to watch the new channels for unchecked and unaccountable legislation that this Bill is set to open up.