We have to do this, because our politicians in both Houses of Parliament, mostly do not even bother to read all the clauses in a technically complicated Government Bill, such as this one.
Even fewer of our MPs seem to bother to try to understand the implications and knock on effects that the attempts by the Government to grab infinite and often absurdly wide powers by abusing the English legal language so as to give no scope or leeway for case law precedents to be made in the courts. There are several appalling examples of this sneaky trick in the Identity Cards Bill as well.
A Movable Type weblog is not ideal for this sort of complicated groupware analysis, (we have found new ways to break Microsoft Internet Explorer's renderings of Cascading Stylesheets) but then neither is a WiKi or any other web based, easily available, allegedly collaborative software. At least people will be able to use Trackback and Search Engine links to the various clauses and comments.
Why don't political parties have such facilities to scrutinise legislation collaboratively (even with a political bias) available online on their websites ?
We also welcome any comments from people who think that a paricular clause or the whole Identity Cards Bill is actually a good idea. However, we doubt if many people who actually examine the Government'sroposals in detail, as set out in the Bill, will honestly be able to provide any evidence or references to suppport such an viewpoint - please prove us wrong.