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Politician weblogs 

I wrote the other week about Tom Watson MP’s weblog, which as far as I can tell is the only real weblog by an elected politician (I think the jury is still out on Howard Dean).

But forces are growing to encourage others into the fray. Tim Ireland is starting a campaign to encourage US senators to blog. I didn’t realise that senators were required to publish at senate.gov, rather than, say, hillary.com. Unsurprisingly, senate.gov doesn’t yet support any weblogging tool.

Suman Kumar has written to Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, urging him to start a weblog. I think Naidu could provide a fascinating weblog: he’s genuinely passionate about using technology to help the 60 million people of his state, and has a consistent record as a forward-looking Indian politician. My former magazine, World Link, wrote about Naidu four years ago.

By other means 

Matthew Engel: “For Americans these days war is actually a substitute for international sport.”

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