The 'big' conversation: Are they doing enough?

I had a thought last night about emails and politics. Each week, like thousands others, I receive an email from the Tory leader David Cameron, who updates people on the weekly events in politics, and offers a brief glimpse into his opinions. There's been a great deal of debate about over the last months over the communication divide between politcians and the people. While there's a consensus that the line has been narrowed - (more MPs are using blogging, email newsletters, and the odd Town Hall meeting) to engage, are they really still doing enough? Alan Duncan's comments this week have re-ignited the whole issue. His comments about MPs being treated like muck, and living on rations because of the expenses scandal, only widens that gap again. DO people really want to engage with politicians when they act in a manner so far detached from reality. That aside, there's one thing that the Party leaders could do better - talk to people, not down to people. David Cameron and co, whilst effective in their use of the web and their WebCameron activities, still have a lot to do, like all parties, in engaging with people. Why can't the main party websites (with the leaders quizzed), use the Coveritlive software to hold a weekly, (if not daily) chat with grassroots activists (as well as 'ordinary 'floating' voters?) An email newsletter once a week is, in just sales copy - (faked as a blog post from a human being) It's not really engaging.
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