The eagle-eyed and truly cyberconnected among you will have noticed that we've been recently trialling a new polls and surveys app on our Facebook page over the last couple of weeks. What's the point?
Well, here at 'Speccy HQ' we believe that the bigger point about all of our new digital gizmos is not so that we can say more to you our readers, but that we can provide new platforms for you guys to be able to express your opinions.
One of our regular hot topics is of course the 'goings on' of the fine chaps & chapesses in North Down Borough Council. Councillors are those people we elect from time to time to make the important decisions on how the local towns should be run - as paid for by all our rates of course. Traditionally we elect these people and tend to just let them get on with it, and to be fair they do, typically voting on issues as they come along, often in private session, and usually without ever consulting the electorate on specific proposals.
There was a time, for a very long time, that this was the most efficient method of government and it's this system that extends in layers from local town/borough council right up to national governments in London, Dublin etc and even into 'world' councils like the UN. Speccy thinks that the time for this as the only basis for government though may be coming to an end!
We've used our website, Facebook page and now polls app for only a few months but already there are encouraging signs that more and more of you are willing and ready to comment on local affairs, cast your (notional) vote and very definitely make your own individual opinions known.
So what's the point? Well Speccy thinks it would be brilliant, desirable, preferable and very much more of the present time if more council-related matters could be shared with you guys - and cerainly ahead of any final hugely important decisions being taken - to canvass your opinions and to help inform the councillors about the will of the people who elected them in the first place.
These are your towns, this is your borough, these are your facilities and services and it's very definitely your money that pays for it all. The technology is here now, today, so let's all use it more often so that the decisions made in your name are actually the ones you want!