A good day for Parliament
A week ago I joined a couple of Facebook groups and invited all my UK friends to join me. I used www.writetothem.com to send a email to my MP and I blogged about it here. 8,000 people have since joined the main group and yesterday the plans to change the law were shelved. I was part of a fantastic campaign that played a part in stopping MPs changing the law to conceal the details of their expenses.
It is a pivotal moment in eDemocracy terms. The campaign could not have been organised so quickly without the tools provided by Facebook, TheyWorkforYou.com, Twitter and blogs. Two years ago with only a week's notice there would not have been time to make MPs aware of the strength of feeling about the issue.
Not everyone is happy. Some feel that it is an example of MPs being bullied into a decision by unaccountable pressure groups. That view is not helped by MySociety slightly triumphalistic "Blimey. It looks like the Internets won" blog post.
I think Parliament won. By shelving the changes to the law Parliament has avoided eroding the public trust in it and in MPs as a group. Yesterday was a good day for Parliament. It prevented today from being a very bad day indeed.