You’re not supposed to discuss it at the dinner table, but politics is a perfectly acceptable topic for online deliberation; the web is also an unparalleled resource for political news and analysis. But which site is best? We asked PCAdvisor.co.uk site visitors to recommend their favourite websites.
Recommended by: Paul Godd
Accountability is the watchword here. This service enables you to find out who your constituency MP is (simply type in your postcode), then fires out reams of information on their parliamentary voting, committee and attendance records and how these figures compare with the average. You can read (and sometimes watch) their debate contributions, check up on expenses and even find out the reading age required to decipher their speeches.
Recommended by: James M Reith
Nosemonkey is a Europe-focused blogger with a strongly (but not blindly) pro-EU standpoint and a good sense of humour: when the Lisbon Treaty was ratified, he satirically ‘liveblogged’ the event, noting at one point that “Morris dancers are being rounded up and shot, and all bananas are being forcibly straightened”.
“Best EU blogger around,” declares self-confessed Eurosceptic James M Reith.
Recommended by: mr simon
“I usually head to the Politics & Current Affairs forum on RichardDawkins.net, which is full of lively discussion,” writes mr simon. “Obviously discussions are largely from an atheistic viewpoint, as that’s the main element that brings people to the site. But it’s the best place I’ve found for political discussion.”
Fans of religon-related indignant ranting will be in their element here, even though topics can occasionally drift into crime, legal disputes or international affairs.
Recommended by: Forum Editor
A number of readers mentioned the BBC, but few seemed overwhelmed – mr simon damned it with faint praise by calling the political coverage “brief and mostly unbiased”. The corporation’s new Democracy Live microsite, however, looks more promising, and our Forum Editor pledged his vote.
You can watch live video of the UK’s various assemblies (and the European Parliament) and even search for content of speeches, thanks to neat speech-to-text functionality.
Recommended by: TS Neame
“Jon Snow is easy to dismiss as an eccentric talking-head newsreader, but he’s from the old school of informed journalist-presenters,” says TS Neame. “Unlike the multitude of basement bloggers, Snow is out there interviewing world leaders and seeing political forces play out in real life, and I love reading his savvy take on current affairs.”