Thursday, July 06, 2006

Party Political Website Review

We've decided to do a whistle-stop review of each of the local political party websites. Our site is about new technologies after all, and the web is an undoubtedly powerful tool for activism of all sorts, from the mildly moderate to the insanely extreme. As such we thought we were perfectly placed to pass judgement on their web offerings.

Greenwich Green Party: Yes, they have a website! It's well laid out and it's not displeasing to the eye. Sadly it's "Archive" only appears to contain information for April 2006. Since then not a thing. Funny what happens when there is no election on.

Greenwich and Woolwich Labour Party: Make it stop it hurts our eyes! Seriously, this site is horrendous to look at. To their credit they did update it just before the local elections with the new photos from their electoral addresses.

Greenwich Conservatives: Very similar to the Green's site in its layout. But who the hell designed the banner logo? It's virtually impossible to read the blue text against the image. It does appear to have been updated recently though.

Eltham Labour Party: Why do they keep using scrolling text? Scrolling text is - to be blunt - very wrong. In fact, in the wrongness stakes it's more wrong than that which is very wrong indeed. Added to this it doesn't look like it's been updated for over a year.

Greenwich Liberal Democrats: Structurally this site looks like most other Liberal Democrat websites. Sadly the "dynamic duo" have failed to update the site since just before the election.

So there you have it, that's our opinion of the party political websites in Greenwich. If we've missed any do let us know. What's the bottom line? Update your sites regularly and tell us what you're doing.

Update: For those who don't read the comments, within an hour of this post being published both the Labour Party websites went offline. At 18:30, Thursday, they were still offline. Obviously it's just a coincidence.

Update 2: The Labour websites remain offline this morning.


Blogger outsider20 said...

The strangest thing has happened. No sooner than this post went up, but both Labour websites went offline!! I hope they took your hint and are redoing them to save our eyes! or did you hit a raw nerve about their publicity machine (paid by our council tax)actually failing.

11:17 am  
Blogger said...

We've just had a quick look at the logs and it seems a Labour councillor has visited the site since we posted.

11:29 am  
Blogger Cllr Andy Jennings said...

Thanks for your comment about our banner - I have changed it to one of "Historical Greenwich", which is a little less busy. We are going to use various iconic views of the borough as our banner over the forthcoming months.

12:05 pm  
Blogger said...

It's a little better, but the blue text is still difficult to read.

12:13 pm  
Blogger Inspector Sands said...

You'd think the Greens would pull their finger out after doing creditably well around Greenwich, Charlton and Woolwich in the local elections.

Actually, are there any Greens here?

7:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Labour's sites are back up.

9:36 pm  
Blogger Inspector Sands said...

...and they're down again.

8:59 pm  

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