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Polticians and the Power of the Web

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt has been to meet Tony Blair and talk at the Conservative Party Conference this week. He’s been talking about the people power the Net has created and its effect on politics.

It’s an interesting topic. It has already been said that the next US election will be won on the Internet and there are a growing number of UK MPs with their own blogs encouraging debate online.

I went to Boris Johnson’s blog site today to see what his views on Schmidt’s talk were, but he may be too busy taking on Jamie Oliver at the moment to give comment on this Internet issue.

Tomorrow, I am going to a Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce event to produce a podcast on Ed Balls, MP for Normanton’s talks to local businesses. As one of Gordon Browns inner circle, I might ask Ed what involvement he sees the Internet having in the next UK general election.

When the podcast is finished I’ll post a link here.

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