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In the Model House of Commons forum, we should have a thread for news. That way moderators can write news stories for parties to respond to, so that newbies can see what the condition of the country is etc etc.

Might be far more interesting if we do it

What do you think?

Note: Also Drogue, I did PM you those budgets. Did you receive them?
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TSRBC News?
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Like a HoC version of Have Your Say?
A pretty good idea. Though i'd say the thread should be locked and the parties submit their responses to the speaker/drogue, cause otherwise you'd have loads of randomers coming in thinking we want their personal responses.
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TSRBC News?
We could go further...

You could have normal news, and then politically bias news I.e. a Tory moderator can write news for the Telegraph, a Labour moderator can write news for the Guardian etc

It would be awesome

EDIT: We could also have TSR Question time where moderators or individuals ask us all questions Could use skype for it
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(Original post by Teaddict)
We could go further...

You could have normal news, and then politically bias news I.e. a Tory moderator can write news for the Telegraph, a Labour moderator can write news for the Guardian etc

It would be awesome

EDIT: We could also have TSR Question time where moderators or individuals ask us all questions Could use skype for it
I thought The Guardian was more Lib Dem than Labour these days?

I agree with the idea though. I reckon it could be really interesting.
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I thought The Guardian was more Lib Dem than Labour these days?

I agree with the idea though. I reckon it could be really interesting.
TSR Guardian could support the TSR Liberal Democrats if it wants.
Then MP's could write publications for the newspapers
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TSR Guardian could support the TSR Liberal Democrats if it wants.
Then MP's could write publications for the newspapers
I was thinking about this completely differently.
I was thinking that the speaker posts articles from the weeks news, and the parties have to discuss what actions they'd take. For example, during the Northern Rock collapse the libertarians would have let it collapse whereas others may not have.
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I was thinking about this completely differently.
I was thinking that the speaker posts articles from the weeks news, and the parties have to discuss what actions they'd take. For example, during the Northern Rock collapse the libertarians would have let it collapse whereas others may not have.
I will explain again.

1/ We have a news thread. The speaker or moderators write news for the parties to respond to or to question other parties etc

2/ We have news paper threads for more politically bias news and for MP's to write to newspapers.
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Good idea, though quoting someone like myself or Drogue into this would have been useful :p:

I'd welcome any workable suggestion for this to work, though I'm almost gone so perhaps the new blood should be involved.
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Good idea, though quoting someone like myself or Drogue into this would have been useful :p:

I'd welcome any workable suggestion for this to work, though I'm almost gone so perhaps the new blood should be involved.
I think a good proposal could be put together. Maybe have the speakership control the thing, with submissions allowed from anyone in the House. Obviously terrible ones wouldn't be allowed and the speaker simply creates the layout and puts the articles in, with a newspaper released each month. We could probably get a sticky made for it like I did for the MUN, creating a news sticky in the international relations forum, but in the UK politics forum for the HoC.
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I think a good proposal could be put together. Maybe have the speakership control the thing, with submissions allowed from anyone in the House. Obviously terrible ones wouldn't be allowed and the speaker simply creates the layout and puts the articles in, with a newspaper released each month. We could probably get a sticky made for it like I did for the MUN, creating a news sticky in the international relations forum, but in the UK politics forum for the HoC.
Well what I was thinking is the following:

1/ Very regular postings by the moderation team through the "national broadcaster" about the state of the country, events happening etc etc which the parties and MP's should respond to.

2/ We should also have different newspapers for different parties to post news. I.e. The Telegraph would be the paper where the Conservative Party posts, This could be that any MP who wants to make a post about the party or what its doing etc can post whenever they want in the Telegraph (stories only, no normal chat). However, ONLY the Conservative party should post in the Telegraph.

Each party has their own papers.
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(Original post by Teaddict)
Well what I was thinking is the following:

1/ Very regular postings by the moderation team through the "national broadcaster" about the state of the country, events happening etc etc which the parties and MP's should respond to.

2/ We should also have different newspapers for different parties to post news. I.e. The Telegraph would be the paper where the Conservative Party posts, This could be that any MP who wants to make a post about the party or what its doing etc can post whenever they want in the Telegraph (stories only, no normal chat). However, ONLY the Conservative party should post in the Telegraph.

Each party has their own papers.
1) Well that would be quite hard as we don't really have news. While to one person a bill might mean disaster, to another it could be great, so there would be far to much bias.

2) There is nothing to stop newspapers creating their own papers anyway, yet only the socialists (2) and the lib dems (1 that I did in response to the socialist one) have done so to my knowledge.
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Here is an old lib dem one: removed, links broken

and a socialist one: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/atta...1&d=1237465507

Couldn't find the second socialist one. It was an election special.
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Personally I like Dipak's idea, have a major news story of the week get posted by a mod and have the parties respond to them, with a party's spokesman/shadow secretary/secretary for that area giving a party statement on the matter.
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Personally I like Dipak's idea, have a major news story of the week get posted by a mod and have the parties respond to them, with a party's spokesman/shadow secretary/secretary for that area giving a party statement on the matter.
That's what I wrote
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Sorry for not responding, I seem to have missed this thread entirely!

(Original post by Teaddict)
In the Model House of Commons forum, we should have a thread for news. That way moderators can write news stories for parties to respond to, so that newbies can see what the condition of the country is etc etc.
I think some form of this is a great idea. I think everytime we pass a bill or a motion, or as SoS report or the summary of PMQs, the Speaker (or someone else) should post a thread in UK Politics stating what we've passed (in English, rather than legaleze) and a very short summary of the arguments made for and against it, as a starter for debate there. It should generate interest in the MHoC by showcasing what we do, with a clear message of "if you don't agree come and argue it in the House", as well as providing an interesting debate primer for D&Ders. Indeed this idea was raised by iwilson03 before and has been proposed to the admins and D&D mods, who liked the idea. When we have a new Speaker elected we can try to get it up and running, do a trial and see if it works

I'm a little apprehensive of going further with news stories for a few reasons. Firstly D&D is a place for debate, so it's more in-keeping with the forum there to use MHoC news as a starter for debate than just as a news story. Secondly, the MHoC is something of a niche forum, so while it's definitely worth showcasing what we do to try and get new members, we don't want to inundate the forum with loads of stuff about us if they're not that interested. And lastly, doing party news stories and such has a clear tendency to become biased and lead to arguments, or to lead to us having 7 of them, one for each party, which would be overload.

To keep it impartial the Speaker should be in charge, however obviously they'll be views from people for and against each bill to highlight both sides (which could be specially-written or taken from the debate/preamble/analysis of the bill).

Paperclip's idea could work, but I'm a little concerned about over-saturation. I think with the government stuff and some form of reporting House events/debate primer we'd have enough new things in the House and for D&D for the moment. Having said that, around election time that idea would be brilliant. I don't think the D&D mods would have issues with us putting up content like that during the election, however I think they would if we took over their forum with a significant number of MHoC threads there a lot of the time.

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Note: Also Drogue, I did PM you those budgets. Did you receive them?
I did, but I'm afraid that with sorting out the coalition, doing PMQs and getting better I haven't done much with them yet. Once PMQs are over and the new Prime Minister in place I'll move onto doing the budget properly
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(Original post by Drogue)
I'm a little apprehensive of going further with news stories for a few reasons. Firstly D&D is a place for debate, so it's more in-keeping with the forum there to use MHoC news as a starter for debate than just as a news story.
The starter for a debate was one of the reasons behind it. If the mods were to write a news story about euthanasia for example, the parties could then begin to debate it etc

In effect, the mods could almost force a debate on a certain ignored subject. Seems like an idea :p:

Having said that, around election time that idea would be brilliant. I don't think the D&D mods would have issues with us putting up content like that during the election, however I think they would if we took over their forum with a significant number of MHoC threads there a lot of the time.
In regards to election time, maybe a single thread could also be created for each party to post a poster/leaflet and video to represent them and their manifesto... Might prove interesting and creative.
I did, but I'm afraid that with sorting out the coalition, doing PMQs and getting better I haven't done much with them yet. Once PMQs are over and the new Prime Minister in place I'll move onto doing the budget properly
Okay I just wanted to make sure you got them.

Also, on the occasions you quote me, for some reason it takes me to a page saying no access. It last happened with this:
Prime Minister's Questions
quoted by: Drogue, 5 Hours Ago

Deleted or what?
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Also, on the occasions you quote me, for some reason it takes me to a page saying no access. It last happened with this:
Prime Minister's Questions
quoted by: Drogue, 5 Hours Ago

Deleted or what?
That means it's either been deleted or is in a forum you can't access. In this case, I quoted the questions submitted for PMQs in the Government forum to get views from the rest of the government.
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Personally I like Dipak's idea, have a major news story of the week get posted by a mod and have the parties respond to them, with a party's spokesman/shadow secretary/secretary for that area giving a party statement on the matter.
Seconded :yep:
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This would be better once we have the 'new' TSR right?
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