BLOGS: DEB passes in the Commons
panGloss was disappointed about the passage of the Bill, but points out that the battle is not fully over yet. She is also heartened by the thought that social media might be on the verge of rewriting public engagement with politics.
Meanwhile, the #debill hashtag became the second busiest tag in the world (not just the UK) last night – attracting the attention not just of Brits but of people worldwide to what was going on. Tweets came in at about one a second. At least 8 times as many people tweeted on the DEB as about the general election as a whole. This is political engagement with a vengeance – just what the parties have said for years they wanted, especially from the young. Well, beware getting what you ask for, appears to be the bottom line , because these people are not happy with (non?) representational democracy. At all.