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.
(Original post by Teaddict)
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