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Elected representatives

6. Members of Parliament are elected to represent local people’s interests in the House of Commons. How can the internet and social media help with this?

It would be unfair if only people with the internet could comment, many older people do not have it or want it.

7. Does social media enhance the local link for MPs, or undermine it by involving them in more national and international discussions?


8. Use of interactive technology is increasing. Is this likely to increase pressure for more direct democracy, such as crowd-sourcing, referendums and citizens’ initiatives?

Could do, I do not understand "crowd-sourcing" but would, within reason support the other ideas.

9. What will democracy look like in 15 – 20 years?

Not as we know it and unless controlled be open to crime.

Information about politics

10. Most people still get most of their news from television, although this seems to be changing in favour of online information. Traditional news organisations are also changing. What impact will this have on elections and democracy in general?

Would not like to comment

11. How can online provision of information about elections be improved, including details of where to vote, how to vote and the results?

We should not be nursemaids, people should be fined if they do not vote.

Political campaigning

12. Can we expect continuous election campaigning through digital channels – what would citizens feel about that and would it undermine or strengthen representative democracy?

People would become bored to tears, not many MP's or prospective MP's are very good at projecting themselves.