I just couldn’t resist using this logo for the Best MP Website Awards 2008, paid for no doubt with member’s subscriptions, including mine. Is it better or worse than the 2012 Olympic one? Grrrr!
Anyway, according to a survey commissioned by BCS only 7 per cent of British adults have looked at their MP's website and only 46 per cent know the name of their MP. One frequent search item that ends up here is “who is the MP for Barkingside?”, so they don’t even know what constituency they live in. So much for political engagement. Perhaps Ilford North should be renamed “Barkingside and Woodford East".
I suppose I’m a political nerd keeping tabs on [stalking? if he was a government MP I'd be expecting the fuzz round any minute now] Lee Scott. Others have much more important things to do like paying the mortgage and bringing up the kids.
Now, “This year's category winners, selected by an independent panel of political commentators from across the media, were dominated by MPs from the Labour party.” So, as a result of comments on an earlier post we learn that MPs can claim an allowance for websites. Lee Scott uses ePolitix which does not cost us [taxpayers] any dosh.
What I’d like to know is how much traffic do these Award winning websites get and how much does it cost us? You know, what is that thing called?, Oh yes I remember now, a Cost Benefit Analysis.
A link to Lee’s website is in the side bar.