I’ve been working with the Downing Street web crew for a few months now, building up to today’s launch. We’ve run several small-scale WordPress blogs, learning as we’ve gone along, ahead of this big leap.

Basically, it’s a recognition that the No10 team is (a) small; (b) driven by news; and (c) eager to be careful with taxpayers’ money. Oh, and (d) – aware of the role of political blogs in Westminster these days. All of which seemed to recommend an open-source, blog-style solution.

I’ve written it all up at my own site:
http://www.puffbox.com/tag/downingstreet

They’re far from the only ones in Westminster keen to use WordPress, by the way. I’ve personally been pushing the concept for well over a year, and have done sites of varying scales for various UK government departments… with several more in the pipeline.