Lord (Paul) Tyler and I had a brief interview with the BBC on the value of this new blogging departure for the House of Lords. The point I think worth making is that there is an ever present danger that this House becomes a world looking inwards and we want it to be one looking outwards.
One way of doing this is by means of blogging – it is really liberating for a more than middle-aged peer such as myself to be able to interact with the larger, and very possibly younger, world out there. It is not a way, as we took pains to point out, of advertising ourselves but of explaining what we do and why we do it!
The pay-off is the feedback we get from people with whom perhaps we would not normally come into contact and this underlines Lord Tyler’s earlier blog about the need to have an outside life. We have to resist the tendency to feel that all of life’s rich pageant lies within this House: it doesn’t!
Although Parliament is where decisions affecting the lives of millions of citizens are made – democracy demands that we use every available mechanism to hear, and take account of, people’s views, whether this be listening to farmers in pubs or reading and responding to blog comments.