Charlton Average, Internet Blogger
PUBLISHED: 14:51 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 25 August 2010
'They have disdain for the political system and politicians and encourage a culture of cynicism'.
They have disdain for the political system and politicians and encourage a culture of cynicism'.
Those are the words that Hazel Blears, MP, recently used to describe political bloggers, which is a category in which some would include me.
I have a blog that covers my local life and, during my time online, I've covered a number of political issues that directly affect me.
Examples of that would be the peculiar allocation of tickets by Greenwich council for the first Red Bull Air Race or the recent changes to our rubbish collections.
I'm a strong believer that our political system thrives when people are informed and feel involved and when politicians feel accountable for how they are performing.
It's when those two parts of the system break down that it is damaged.
When people feel in the dark about what is happening around them and when there is no examination of what our politicians are doing then the gulf between the electors and the elected grows and real cynicism sets in.
Local blogging can both inform people and expose low level local politicians to the public eye. If you go on to the internet and search for your local councillor the chances are good that you'll find bloggers talking about them.
Good deeds and answered letters will be remembered, details of unanswered letters and promises unfulfilled will be readable for years to come.
We're shining a light into our political system from the bottom up and that surely has to be a good thing?