Monday, 20 October 2008

Senedd Blogging Debate Updated Programme

After some kerfuffle last week around the debate on the usefulness (or not) of political blogs organised by the Bevan Foundation, I've been invited to join the panel to give a blogger perspective.

This is the new agenda quoted from the Bevan Foundation website:

To Blog or Not to Blog? !!!! NEW PROGRAMME !!!!

6.00pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 21st October 2008

Conference Rooms C&D, Ty Hywel, National Assembly for Wales

The line up now is enthusiastic bloggers Peter Black AM, Matt Wardman and Betsan Powys, Political Editor of BBC Wales, along with scepticism and commentary from Eleanor Burnham AM, Annabelle Harle from the Electoral Reform Society, and Victoria Winckler, Director of the Bevan Foundation. The discussion will be chaired by Daran Hill, MD of Positif Politics.

This event is being held in the Assembly with the support of Peter Black AM. Refreshments are provided with the support of Positif Politics. We are trying also to get the discussion streamed.

All welcome - please confirm your attendance can you email Daran Hill on daran@positifpolitics.co.uk
I'll be going down for early afternoon on Tuesday on the train. If anyone is going to be around drop me a line on mattwardman AT gmail DOT com and we can meet up for a coffee.

During the afternoon I may make a couple of videos around the Bay area. If you see someone holding a balloon at arms' length in protective gloves, that will be me trying to find out whether it is a threat to life and limb as reported by Betsan Powys back in the Spring. (*)
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I'm also hoping to get cameo interviews with as many Welsh bloggers as possible, and I'll be looking for recommendations of Welsh Blogs that us uncivilised oiks on the other side of Offa's Dyke should be reading for self-improvement purposes.

Unfortunately it is a steam powered video recorder which records to a small 1Gb hard disk. So I won't be attempting to record the debate itself, as I hope that somebody else will be doing that.

In the debate I'll be focusing on specific examples where blogs have achieved things that would not have been possible - or at least would have been very difficult - if they did not exist.

I am told that bookings are OK to give a decent debate, but there is still some room left for more.

(*) For the record, Latex allergy is a problem worth taking very seriously but banning children's balloons is totally wrong-headed in my view, unless you are going to ban a whole lot of other things as well - including stress balls, rubber keyboards on calculators/computers, bananas and the wrong sort of carpet underlay.

5 comments:

Anonymous 20 October 2008 at 22:26  

Will Pippa be there Matt, or will you be the only Tory representative present?

Miss Wagstaff 21 October 2008 at 08:57  

Matt,

I won't be able to make the debate, but will certainly meet you for a drink and a catch-up afterwards as per my email.

Pippa

Matt Wardman 21 October 2008 at 09:31  

>Will Pippa be there Matt, or will you be the only Tory representative present?

You'd have to ask Pippa !

I've already addressed the miscategorisation by Mr Dale in his list here:

http://www.mattwardman.com/blog/2008/09/27/not-a-conservative-party-aligned-blog/

The two Labour Party members who contribute were not happy bunnies.

It's fair to say that I'm personally small government/free market in my views though I've never been in any party. I live around Bolsover, so it's a bit academic anyway at election time.

Next time I'll be voting on Civil Liberties not economics, so I'll see what Dennis says.

Rgds

Matt

Anonymous 23 October 2008 at 13:34  

miss wagstaff you must come clean and let us know who you are. Fab contribution Matt, thought it more interesting the way that the politicians reacted to each other at the end of a very grumpy day in the Assembly. We were almost devoid of happy bunnies.

matt 23 October 2008 at 13:55  

>Fab contribution Matt, thought it more interesting the way that the politicians reacted to each other at the end of a very grumpy day in the Assembly. We were almost devoid of happy bunnies.

Pleasure :)

Heh. I couldn't really tell who belonged to which party, which is probably how it should have been.

Matt

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