It’s great to see a lot of grassroots activity around the Left at the moment.
No Right Turn has set up the Progbills wiki. It’s open-source legislation, that works similarly to Wikipedia. You can go on and contribute to formulating draft Bills on left-wing issues, small bite-size pieces of draft legislation that would be ideal for MPs to pick up for Private Members’ Bills. I think this is a great idea, in fact I’ve tried to talk the left parties into trying something similiar – hopefully, they’ll be watching both for ideas for Bills and to see how the project works. NRT explains the purpose of the wiki here. I reckon I’ll have a crack at a minimum wage bill and look forward to your input.
The Hand Mirror has just had a piece from our youngest MP, Labour’s Jacinda Arden. Great to see MPs interacting with people via the blogosphere.
Labour has set up a ning site. Ning is a grassroots networking site with all sorts of cool stuff, forums, pictures, videos, the ability to create one’s own page. It’s really a very cool tool. Go have a look and, if you’re a Labour supporter, join up.
Drinking Liberally is back for the new year. This come-one-come-all gathering for lefties to hear a speaker and have a chat over a beer, which arch-nutter Matthew Hooton once called a “secretive clique” (not sure that that secretive cliques have Facebook groups), went from strength to strength last year, starting off in Wellington with chapters then springing up in Auckland, Palmsterton North, and Christchurch. Good to hear the first DL this year went well too.
There’s some other stuff too, but I can’t find the emails in my cluttered inbox right now.