Directionless in the Guardian

Directionlessgov.com got a mention in today’s Guardian.

With 30 million quid to spend each year, hopefully they’ll have nice, useful things to show for it. For those keeping score, our state of financial accounting means we don’t quite know how much Directionlessgov.com costs each year, but it’s somewhere in the region of £8.89 – the cost of the domain name registration.

Looking at Direct.gov.uk’s plans for the future, one thing that various people have talked about in a variety of places is a project called Bureaucracy Bingo or, less pejoratively, UK Feedback. Given the main comment usages of DowningStreetSays.com and theGovernmentSays.com there’s really demand for a CSA conversation site. Although I don’t particularly want to run that one, it’s too depressing as it is.

Taking it a step further, there’s apparantly a great site in the Netherlands which lets their civil servants talk about being civil while also serving. Doing that here would need a good name…

posted: 22 Aug 2007

US knowledge

I’ve been interested in finding these numbers for a while, and so am putting them here so I’ll be able to find them again

From The Myth of the Rational Voter, page 8:

“About half of americans don’t know that each state has 2 senators, adn three-quarters do not know the length of their terms. About 70% can say which party controls the House, and 60% the senate. Over half cannot name their congressman, and 40% can not name either of their senators. Slightly lower percentages know their representatives’ party affiliations”.

posted: 15 Aug 2007