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BLAIR ADVISER SAYS MPs SHOULD BE QUIZZED BY VOTERS VIA INTERNET

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Philip Gould, one of Tony Blair's most senior advisers, has said voters should be able to quiz their MPs via the in...
Philip Gould, one of Tony Blair's most senior advisers, has said voters should be able to quiz their MPs via the internet to combat growing public scepticism about politics, reports The Financial Times (p2).

Mr Gould, who advises the prime minister on public opinion, said new media should be used to prevent Paliament appearing 'impotent and irrelevant' and to ensure 'the people's voice should always be heard'.

The government has already indicated that the internet could play a role in modernising electoral law. Online voting could be part of an electoral reform bill likely to be in this week's Queen's speech.

In a lecture last week Mr Gould said: 'The formal political process, with five-year election cycles and little formal opportunity to participate in the meantime, seems to many to be antiquated.

'This is not to say the cycle is wrong or should be changed ... It is simply to say that democracy cannot stop on polling day.'

He added: 'The internet is going to revolutionise politics over the next 25 years. MPs will be connected to their constituents and will be engaged in dialogue via the new electronic media.'

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