. Irfan Ahmed picks-up on a story about police being given the power to remotely access computers without a warrant. Obviously this is a disturbing development and one that needs to be resisted so, I thought it was worth turning to a question posed by Evan Price. Evan asks;
"Does anyone else think that we, as political bloggers, should form an association, where the priority will be to use the membership fees to purchase insurance for members to cover the costs of legal fees in circumstances where we are sued for defamation?"
I certainly do feel the time has come for the formation of an organisation like that especially given the high-profile of bloggers like Iain Dale, Guido Fawkes, Sunny Hundal and Mike Smithson. All are recognised figures within the mainstream media and as such would command respect and authority as voices for political bloggers.
Such an organisation would also to my mind necessarily have a slightly wider remit than insurance; taking up non-party political campaigns around the freedom of the internet and representing political bloggers as a distinct interest group within that sphere. Also, it would form a bridge between the political blogsphere and the mainstream media and politics as a whole so it could, for example facilitate the resolution of the infamous 'lobby pass' issue.
As it should be a cross-party and cross-ideological divide it may actually in the long run also enhance the quality of the political blogsphere in general as it brings people together and would facilitate more debate. So, all-in-all I think this is a good suggestion that should get off the ground but whether that happens is of course, dependent on what the wider blogsphere thinks...