War & politics: Sept 11th, bin Laden, Middle East news, from my own perspective.
Tony Blair's Big conversation
"It's time for a grown up discussion. Big issues need real debate, a big conversation between politicians and the people.
Let the conversation begin." Tony Blair PM 2003
More in the Guardian: Blair's neo-puritan appeal to voters to face up to the social irresponsibility which underpins poor parenting, unhealthy diet and anti-social behaviour towards neighbours.
Mr Blair cited social ills from drunkenness in city centres to smoking in public places, poor diet and alcoholism as generating huge costs to the NHS and police as well as to society at large. Such problems must be addressed, he suggested.
Think about it, it's a bald statement, but has truth. If the geezer down the street from me had a blog, would I go there, fairly regularly? Of course. If there were many locally wouldn't that be a community. Linked up together in their own mind share world, using the power of the network, as smart as the smartest people in there, as angry or visionary as the most maddened or utopian bloggers. [Blogs are all about reputation.]
We build a community, working locally this is how we face and discuss the challenge of the future.
Usual caveats: blogging could be via cable TV, mobile phone, library PCs and PDAs if you were a nob. You'd need a high profile local as well as national ad campaign, work within schools and higher ed, offer training courses free to low incomes perhaps even free PCs.
But it would work. Connecting people will result in politics. We'd make the UK much stronger in Europe at a stroke. While building bridges across barriers of race, culture and creed.
[Later: 01/12/03; 18:04:30] The Register runs a report saying the big conversation isn't well received.