This’ll turn up later in my linkpost, but I think it deserves it’s own post as well:
Chris Lightfoot died unexpectedly last month (his blog has just been updated with the news, presumably by family).
Odds are, you’ve never heard of him.
His work powers WriteToThem, HearFromYourMP and PledgeBank, among other sites. There’re reasonable grounds to claim that he’s the single individual who has done most to change the way we in the UK interact with our representatives, to alter the way we experience our democracy, in the last 20 years. If there was any justice, his passing would have been marked in the national media.
But it wasn’t. Regardless, I think we in the UK are all poorer for the loss.