This is a site designed to make it easier to take the core of large published reports and allow anyone to comment on them.
About "The Government Says"
"The Government Says".com make news releases from UK Government departments easy to find and easy to scan through quickly. It does this in order to help you, a British citizen, keep your finger on the pulse of what the government's up to. Without having to try to hard, and without having to rely on journalists telling you what matters.
Whitehouse.thegovernmentsays.com does this for the press briefings from the US whitehouse, so, when we have more data, can compare them against what Downing Street Says.
Much of the news and information covered by The Government Says is "out there" and being discussed. But it is normally discussed without any reference to the original announcement, the result being that the media gets to say what a government announcement really 'means'.
I've also built it for lots of smaller reasons. For one, it's possible. For two, it's worth doing. For three, DowningStreetSays is cool and people like posting to it. And for four, it seems such a shame to have all this important information put out there, but to have nobody look at it, except in second-hand form.
And in the words of The Observer newspaper in the UK, TheGovernmentSays.com is "Great for sifting through the rubble on days when bad news is likely to be buried".
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How do I get in touch?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Who are you?
Democracy.org.uk is a loose collective of like-minded individuals who believe that there is little wrong with UK society that a healthy mixture of transparency and public engagement won't fix.
This was conceived and initially created by Sam Smith, working with the aid of a significant quantity of tea; and hosting support by MySociety and democracy.org.uk collective.