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Friday, May 05, 2006

Will Miliband be back?

Labour’s chief glogger David Miliband’s got a new job and publishes an ‘au revoir’ within hours of the news. He's only been blogging since 2nd January (following a New Year's resolution).

His new role as Environment Secretary means he no can longer exists as part of The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s site. This’ll be a good test of which Government department is up for a bit of blogging and which isn’t. Better keep an eye on the Defra site to see if he resurfaces. I reckon they’ll be up for it.

I’ve enjoyed some of the debate around David’s presence in the online community even more than his posts, but overall feel that the transparency he has tried to inject into the political machine – no matter how small – has been a breath of fresh air. (Which is something that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs should be all in favour of...)

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Anonymous Stephen Davies said...

Glogger? Is that another phrase coined for a 'Government blogger'?

I agree, Milliband's blog was refreshing. Kudos to him for actually stepping into the unknown political ether and testing the unsalted waters.

I remember him opening an office block up here (oop north) a year or two ago and he pulled up in a crappy Ford Fiesta. It was unexpected but nice to see.

7:10 pm  
Blogger Stuart Bruce, PR Consultant said...

Crappy Ford Fiesta's are a favourite mode of transport for minister's with northern seats. You get the train from London and you're normally only in the constituency at weekends so you just need a banger to run about it to get to your advice surgeries and constituency visits.

6:27 pm  
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6:27 pm  
Blogger Stuart Bruce, PR Consultant said...

Forgot to mention that David resurfaced almost immediately. I knew he would want to but I was very doubtful of his (or indeed anyone's!) ability to get the civil servants to a) agree b) actually do it.

6:30 pm  

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