Scoot over Obama Girl, Britain's House of Lords debuted five new YouTube videos this week hoping to spruce up its image as a sleepy haven for elderly, monocled chaps.
The quick clips will air on YouTube's Parliament channel, which has been offering virtual tours of the Parliament building. The new videos try to soften the upper house by making it more accessible to youthful viewers.
The Lord Speaker Baroness Hayman (see! Baronesses! They're just like us!) said, "The videos we have placed on the YouTube channel reflect the diversity and expertise in the House of Lords and its relevance to young people, and we hope that they will help to combat some of the outdated stereotypes of members of the upper house." To see what's in the videos and find out what other high-tech tricks they're up to, read more.
With a production budget of $10,000, they're not your average cute-kitten vids. The focus is on the growing number of minorities and women in the lofty body, and for that youthful edge they were after? Well, they do have the young 'uns — mostly asking questions about what the devil the House of Lords does all day.
Oh, even better than the videos? The — wait for it — "Lords of the Blog," the house's very own, you guessed it, blog. Why just last Thursday blogged about how quickly rumors spread throughout Parliament's two houses. Scandal! Now in all seriousness I'm forever impressed by the Prime Minister's Questions, and would love to see that exported. But Lords on YouTube? What do you think? Will this help mind the gap between the elite and those they rule?