Down wit’ da kidz

13 06 2008

The House of Lords has launched five short videos on Parliament’s new YouTube channel, explaining the role of the House of Lords and encouraging young people to get involved in politics.

I suppose it would be wrong to criticise this [too much] as we’d all call them outdated and out of touch if they didn’t try engage with people in accordance with the tools of the 21st century.  However…  the choice of peers in the video seems to be trying just a bit too hard and I think that it is no surprise that the coolest looking Lord of all (Lord Adebowale) makes an appearance.  I’m just not convinced that the selection in this video are truly representative of the whole of the upper house.  Certainly women and ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented – not a bad thing in itself but maybe a little disingenuous..?

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