Just been looking at David Miliband’s blog, where he defends his decision to make his blog a ‘ministerial’ site, and defends the high cost of setting it up – a stonking six grand.
I really don’t see it as a ‘scrounge off the taxpayer’; much of my professional life is ‘Ministerial’, paid for by the taxpayer, and part of that has to be about engaging with people, and this helps me do that.
In theory, I don’t really have a problem with spending a decent amount of money to customise a blog, to make sure it fits in with the ministerial webpage. Image is all important in politics, and we (the blogging community) would have crucified the poor guy if he’d have turned up with a bog standard wordpress or movable type template.
But two related things I wonder about:
- Ministers move from Ministry to Ministry quite a lot, at the whim of Prime Ministers.
- It costs six thousand pounds to integrate a blog with a Ministry website.
So, just how many times will David Miliband’s blog consume six thousand pounds of taxpayers money over his political career?