How Politics Has Changed With Modern Technology
Politics is constantly changing. Over the last few years, the way in which politicians run our country has altered considerably, thanks to the implementation of modern technology. That is a good thing as most people who expect our leaders to be at the forefront of this revolution. At the end of the day, we all pay a considerable amount in taxes each year, and so we expect our elected MPs to perform their duties in the most-effective way possible. With that in mind, we’re going to spend a few minutes listing some of the ways in which modern technology is used today.
Of course, there are still many endeavours our politicians could undertake using technology they don’t seem aware of at the current time. For instance, it would be possible for the Prime Minister to be present at his weekly question time through the use of video messaging services like Skype. Still, we’re a long way off reaching that point.
# The voting system
While we do still use a paper voting system in this country, modern technology has made the process much simpler than it once was. Thanks to huge public databases, people are now able to vote in all manner of different ways. Indeed, you can even complete your ballot online if you are unable to make it to your nearest polling station. A few years ago, the government tried out postal voting. However, that was stopped due to concerns about foul play. Even so, politicians are constantly trying to improve the voting process using the technology available to them.
# More accurate statistics
Politicians rarely perform research and come up with statistics these days. That is because they use information from the impartial “Office for national statistics.” Luckily, they are very good at sourcing accurate information and coming to figures that represent the truth of any issue. They simply wouldn’t be able to do that without the use of high-spec computers and national databases. In the past, any statistics used in parliament were sketchy to say the least. However, today we find they are on point in most instances.
# Dealing with emails and correspondence
If you’ve spent any time watching live footage from inside parliament over the last few years, you will have noticed that MPs are now allowed to use their smartphones. That is a good thing as it allows them to communicate with their office and constituents in real time. It was recently claimed that it would be possible for David Cameron to run the entire country from his Blackberry. While that might be a little optimistic, you can read more here.
As you can clearly see from the points made in this article, politics is changing more every single day thanks to modern technology. Our MPs are getting much quicker at performing their jobs, and essential changes are being made in double time. Will things continue to go down this route in the future? Almost certainly.
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