Michael Russell MSP for Argyle and Bute, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, has launched an iPhone / iPad app.
Is this the first app launched by a UK politician?
Number 10 has an app, but I am treating this as generic, I’m assuming that it is for the role of Prime Minister and not the incumbent. Political parties have apps but this is the first one I can recall seeing for a member of a parliament or assembly.
You can read more about the app here, but here are my thoughts on it.
When you first start the app you get a full screen image of Mr Russell, who I am sure is a jolly nice chap but a bit scary when he takes over the full screen of your phone for a second or two.
Once you get over the that initial shock, the app is actually not that bad, although you would question if he is trying to shoe horn too much in to it, the list of options fills my iPhone 4 screen twice over the full list of links available is
Which is a titanic effort at trying to be something to everyone, maybe the confidence to just have a app about himself and the work he does isn’t quite there yet. I think the phrase, less is more, is very apt here. On the whole it isn’t perfect but is is one hundred times better than most MP, MSP’s & WAMs have, so fair play to Mr Russell for having a go at engaging people in this way. I’ll be interested to see the uptake of the app is and how it develops over future versions.
Are there any other UK politicians that have their own apps or is Michael Russell the first one?
Michael Russell can be found as @Feorlean on Twitter.