A new era of politics in the web 2.0 world

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A new era of politics in the web 2.0 world


There are times when things of such importance happen that even Eastenders is taken off the air.

Such a time was last night with Gordon Brown resigning as Prime Minister and David Cameron going in the opposite direction to see the Queen and become his replacement. After days of deals it appeared that a new government was finally ready to emerge from the election of last week.

The channel will now wait to watch and see what sort of government the Conservative and Liberal coalition produces. In many respects they share the same attitude towards technology and the compromises they have made might tone down some of the more extreme measures that were in the manifestos.

Small business groups came out almost instantly and welcomed the new government but the markets have been far from overwhelmed with the key metrics in both currency and gilts remaining not too different this morning.

That indicates that those who make their money guessing which way the wind blows are still keeping a very open mind about what could happen as the first coalition government for donkey's years gets going.

The main difference of course since the last time Liberals sat round a table with the then Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a war cabinet is the way that the broadcasting industry has changed.

In a 24 hour rolling news environment the cameras will be constantly pointed at signs of possible conflict in the coalition and the prospect for things to go wrong will no doubt become an obsession in some parts of the media.

Add to that of course the social networking with the ability of services like Twitter to spread opinion and in some cases facts around the world in seconds and any breakdown between the parties will end up being shared with us all.

The political landscape might have changed in a way most commentators are suggesting might be permanent but the way news is shared is already going through that transformation and as the two collide it will be fascinating to see the impact on those currently shaking hands on the steps of Downing Street.

This was first published in May 2010

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