Oh, Gawd!!

I see that Gordon Brown has announced that everyone in the U of K will get their own personal web site that can use to do all their interaction with Government agencies, if only we have the goodness to re-elect him (correction, elect him).

Given this (or any other) government’s previous record in setting up IT systems, I cannot help but think that if anyone was stupid enough to try and set this up, it would be a total disaster.

This is leaving aside, of course, what about the security aspect? Does anyone really believe that anyone using such a system will not be the victim of clandestine monitoring, with spyware downloaded whenever you access the government sites?  I can imagine a government led by Gordon Brown or any of his cronies monitoring every time a user of the system then logs onto a Conservative website. They will get an instant increase in their tax rate, or maybe an instant on-line fine. And as for the likes of Horrible Harriet Harperson and her Harpies monitoring a chap’s every visit to a naughty website, the mind boggles!

Still, not to worry! Any attempt to set such a system up will never work, the only problem being that it would cost a mind-numbing sum of money to find this out!

6 thoughts on “Oh, Gawd!!”

  1. I read the article earlier. My immediate reaction was much the same as Bearsy’s.

    However, on second thoughts it is an excellent idea… Computer sales will soar, since all the unemployed will have to be supplied with a machine (at government expense of course) so that they don’t have to get up to go to a benefits office – or whatever they call it these days.

    On a more serious note, the increase in services going on-line is extremely hard for the elderly. It will take at least another twenty years for it to be reasonable to expect that older people are computer literate.

  2. Boadicea:

    Government expense = taxpayers’ expense!

    You are right about the elderly. Although my 85 year old uncle is a keen computer user and even has the occasional tweet!

    This should be a good idea, but such is the level of cynicism around these here parts, that no-one would believe the government did not have sinister reasons for setting such a system up!

  3. There are some elderly people who are able to manage a computer. My mother (88) has one, but she upgraded and really hasn’t got to grips with Vista and the new programs. But there are also people my age who have flatly refused to join the computer age.

    I rather think it’s wise to have a certain amount of cynicism about all governments…

  4. Utter cobblers, speaking as one who has a broadband connection only slightly faster than dialup. Far more important things to worry about first – like getting some reasonable connectivity for all rather than putting cart before horse.

    Love it that your 85 year old uncle has the “occasional tweet” Four-eyed English Genius! 🙂

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