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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of interesting sites.

Spinwatch: http://www.spinwatch.org/

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Spinwatch is an independent non-profit making organisation which monitors the role of public relations and spin in contemporary society. Spinwatch was founded in 2004 and promotes greater understanding of the role of PR, propaganda and lobbying through its website (http://www.spinwatch.org) and through other outreach and campaigning activities, including media appearances, book and pamphlet writing, 'Spinwalks' and investigative reporting.


Debatewise: http://debatewise.com/

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Debatewise was created for people who like making informed decisions. If this is you, you probably wont trust one source of information and will try to get a rounded view - which these days often means going to forums and blogs. The problem is, making sense of different opinions is time-consuming and imprecise. We have to visit a number of sites, read what are often long threads, work out who to trust, pick the gold from their posts and hold their views in our head as we verify them elsewhere.

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some projects for Cornish voters to think about.

First is called 38 Degrees

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In the wake of the MP expenses scandal, trust in politics and politicians in the UK is collapsing. Political parties may suddenly be falling over themselves to “get tough” with the worst MP expenses offenders, but can we rely on politicians to clean up this mess on their own?

At the moment we’re stuck with disgraced MPs until the next election, no matter what they have done. We need MPs to answer to us, and that means a new “recall law” to give local people the power to call a fresh vote and sack disgraced MPs. Right now party leaders are debating how far they need to go to regain our trust, and if we act quickly together we can influence them and get this new law passed.


Second is an initiative from Make My Votes Count called Referendum 2010that is demanding a referendum on a new electoral system.

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The expense crisis reveals a nation governed by a political elite that has stopped listening and who are accountable to no one but their party machines. Too many MPs seem more interested in changing their homes than changing the world. Our society faces real problems - mass unemployment and growing poverty, the threat of climate chaos and an erosion of our civil liberties to name but three. These all require effective government working on behalf of the popular will. Yet our whole political system is close to collapse. We demand a new electoral system that makes everyone's vote count.


Worthy of support in my opinion. We certainly need to give some corrupt politicians the boot as well as obtain a more representative electoral system.
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