8/13/2005

Chatting to the Government.

Every fancy telling your TD what you really think of the job he's doing? Well soon you may be able to do just that as the government has announced that members of the public will soon be able to give their opinions on legislation to Dáil committees through online chat-rooms. This initiative has been taken as part of a government drive to encourage the electorate to believe they are part of the legislative process. Personally I think that any attempt to make the government more accountable to their voters is to be welcomed and in this age of technology hopefully moves like this will help shake off the apathy about politics which has enveloped so many young people. My only fear is that the system could be abused by cranks aabusing the anonymity provided by online conversation. Certainly rigorous preparation and thought must go into this scheme but I certainly feel that it is a step in the right direction

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