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Theresa May has trashed our democracy and put MPs in danger | Lisa Nandy | Opinion | The Guardian
Yesterday in parliament I spent several hours, with my colleague Gareth Snell, trying to reassert those principles of democracy and find a route through this nightmare, by guaranteeing a role for parliament in the next stages of Brexit negotiations; we were trying to ensure that once the withdrawal agreement is passed we end this desperate tug of war and begin the messy, hard business of compromise and the search for common ground. A few hours later, the prime minister stood up inside No 10 Downing Street and trashed our democracy. She is not fit to be prime minister, does not deserve the support of MPs, and she will not get it.
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4 weeks ago by petej
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RIP Dame Tessa Jowell. Took this shot of Labour cabinet members in 2008
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may 2018 by robajackson
No10 proposal to replace press offices with a blog
The FT is getting all excited by apparent 'proposals' by Downing Street's shaven-headed, shoeless strategy director Steve Hilton to abolish maternity leave and suspend consumer protection laws, in the interests of kick-starting the economy. Personally, I can't believe either was suggested seriously: sounds more like the start of a brainstorming session.

But I can't help smiling at one of his other reported ideas: 'replacing hundreds of government press officers with a single person in each department who would convey all necessary information via a blog.' - an idea which Guido Fawkes calls 'half decent'. I'd go further.

The fact is, it's the logical conclusion to a process which is kinda happening already - and which started three and a half years ago. We already have Downing Street plus three Cabinet-level departments running their websites, their main public-facing presence, on (what used to be) a blogging platform, namely WordPress.

And frankly, any department which isn't already running its News section using a blogging platform is missing a trick. I guarantee it would be easier to use, and would provide a much better service to the customer, than whatever Big Ugly Corporate CMS they're using.

I've argued for a decade plus that the web would ultimately destroy press office work as we have known it: specifically, the day-to-day mechanical stuff, and most of the mundane telephone enquiries. I don't think that means sacking every press officer: but it would certainly redefine the role of those press officers who remained, to become 'press relations' people. (Or is that the role fulfilled primarily - and arguably, correctly - by Special Advisors?)

Take a look at the website for COI's News Distribution Service - and tell me why this shouldn't be a WordPress multisite. With COI's demise imminent, now would be the perfect time to rebuild it. And if it needs to do stuff that isn't available 'out of the box' - that's where people like Puffbox come in. The answer is almost certainly, yes it can. And yes, we'd be delighted.

If it's true that 'three-quarters of [Hilton's] ideas fail to get off the drawing board', this is one which - in some shape or form - definitely will. In fact, it already has.
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july 2011 by Memeserver
Typefoundry: Number Ten
James Mosely discusses the history of the number ten at Ten Downing Street.
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november 2010 by splorp

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