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Metavision, thanks very much for this. It is really interesting to read about it and to see your views.

Do you think this engages people more in understanding politics or makes people better informed?

You make good points about how this style of communication shows up the sincerity and other virtues of those involved in the debate.

When I think of all the debate taking place in Wales at the moment regarding the leadership of the new Assembly Government, I'd really love to see a full public debate come out of it so that the voters can see for themselves what the policies are and what the leaders are really like and how the Government is intending to work together.

I like the comment you make about the good faith motives behind how most of the other parties act (showing up the PP for what they really are).  I don't feel as though there is any good faith in UK politics at the moment, it's just all point scoring and trying to bring the other sides down in a scrabble to get to the top of the polls.

Thought provoking diary, thanks.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jul 6th, 2007 at 04:41:10 AM EST
I think the Debate is really engaging. Politics buffs can enjoy the debate on TV or radio (and now online) for two or three days, the newspapers have in-depth coverage, polls are made on who people think won or lost the face-off between the government and the opposition, who the best speaker was (often one of the nationalist parties gets this)...

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jul 6th, 2007 at 06:22:32 AM EST
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If anything can engage people in politics, this should be it, but we are flooded with media reports of the PP´s attacks and conspiracy theories all year round, so people are hooked on the soap opera, or are desensitized by now.  

Besides, I see the public is mostly distracted by "consuming" creature comforts, like most western societies.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Fri Jul 6th, 2007 at 06:43:42 AM EST
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