WEB REVIEWS – From number 10 to the onion.[QQ] A smiling bobby on one side, a smiling Tony on the other welcome you to one of the most popular UK sites on the internet. And it is certainly more than just a peak behind Downing Street’s famous door. There is the inevitable amount of virtual spin, and try as we might, we couldn’t find any reference to Bernie Ecclestone (perhaps might have more) despite a statement of support for Gordon Brown having been issued the night before. However, the site does have the text of recent lobby briefings including the one on the fuel crisis. Easy to navigate, visually very clear, a lot of time has been invested in the site. The 10 out of 10 page is good for the kids among us.

Primarily aimed at the members and students and of ACCA, this recently launched ‘portal’ provides all things to all members, including job alerts (useful but make sure no one is looking over your shoulder), free web mail and a business-to-business exchange. It is not the clearest of sites, but it has many useful features. The ‘life long learning partner’ will certainly help for information on continuing professional development and student support.

Yes, it’s an American site, but if you thought that Americans didn’t have a warped sense of humour then head to this site. A spoof weekly newspaper, the humour is in the vein of Chris Morris’ The Day Today, and you do not need a huge grasp of American political and business life to appreciate the stories. Supported by relatively unobtrusive banner advertising, this site is a good option as a lunchtime surfing spot.

Claiming to be Britain’s leading political and parliamentary website, the recently launched is a promising site but feels like it is still under development, perhaps unsurprising since it was only launched last week. The site is the web arm of The House Magazine, Westminster’s in-house publication. Some of the ‘coming soon’ pages look interesting, particularly the ‘epxMonitoring’ section which will allow the user to keep an eye on government matters relating to their area. The news section is pretty detailed on all things political, not just for Westminster but Scotland, Wales, London and the EU. A drawback is that it does not seem to like Netscape.

Want to know how to become a chartered accountant, or how to find one?

Then the English ICA’s website is the one for you. Very clear, easy to navigate and, most importantly, easy to read, the site has clearly evolved over time, with a few facelifts en route. There is the usual wealth of information and a members-only section and clearly conforms to institute president Graham Ward’s desire to improve the image of CAs.

Related reading