The BBC report mentions the campaign, that I am proud to have been a small part of, saying:
An internet campaign by MySociety urging MPs to vote against the change attracted more than 6,000 supporters on the Facebook website.
Peter Facey, of pressure group Unlock Democracy, warned if the vote had gone ahead it would have had "a catastrophic impact on the reputation of Parliament." He urged the Commons to publish all expenses details "at the earliest opportunity".
- over 7,000 members on the Facebook group
- 4,000 messages sent to MPs
- a mass Twitter campaign in help from help from Stephen Fry
If we are to maintain a hopeful view of the world then we might be seeing the start of a real e-democracy. As I said in my New Year predictions, "E-democracy will show signs of coming of age". The situation will become clearer with the next mass campaign. In the mean time, I'm off to email Radio 4 to tell them that it was not the politicians that stopped this idea, it was the people.
BacAtU has written another good blog on this is topic.