For all those non-entities and D-listers who will never make it to the Dictionary of National Biography there is always Wikipedia, so democratic that anyone can post an entry about themselves anonymously. The problem is that registered users can also edit existing entries, and the sort of mischief that altered Ken Livingstone's entry to Ken Twatface is never far away. However, the source of edits is also open information - and as the Indie reports, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found that over 10,000 edits to MPs' entries have been made from Palace of Westminster IP addresses alone.
And what all those chiselling, crooked expenses thieves who survived the cull of 2010 are most concerned about is, of course, their own expenses history. It is telling that they are still working to attempt to erase the memory of the Rotten Parliament (1997 - 2010), hoping no doubt that the public memory is short and that by 2015 we will have forgotten the Telegraph's comprehensive catalogue of sleaze, theft and peculation in favour of Wikipedia's noted inaccuracy.