May 10th, 2013

At Last! A Spending Cut From Labour

Later today Shadow Media Minister Helen Goodman will promise Labour’s first cut in public spending:

Building One Digital Nation 

Helen Goodman MP will announce today (Thursday 9 May) that Labour would invest £75 million in a new programme that would focus on getting more people online and improving people’s digital skills. This new programme would be funded by halving the size of the government’s current super-connected cities programme.

Helen Goodman MP said:

 “There are about 10 million people in the UK who don’t know how to send an email and around 16 million who don’t have other basic digital skills. A Labour government would invest £75 million to ensure that people in Britain are able to get online and are able to perform basic tasks like sending an email.

DCMS sources enthusiastically point out that they are already spending £150 million doing just this. Finally, a firm commitment to cut from Labour…


169 Comments

  1. 1
    Pollytwaddle says:

    It’s not “investment”. It’s “spending”.

    And it’s still £75M more than we can afford.

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    • 5
      Dontvotelabtheyscrewitallup says:

      and it`s not a cut either

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      • 44
        intelligent people says:

        Do not need government help to send emails.

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        • 60
          V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

          Under Labour the cost would mushroom to £500 Trillion with 12 million staff required to manage it with massive expenses and overseas offices.

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        • 70
          Anonymous says:

          She looks like one of the thickos, trying to screw money out of somebody they feature in the Daily mail! like the morons who paid 60 euros for 4 ice cream cones last week !

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          • Old Blind Pugh says:

            I am saving money by NOT buying the daily Wail, complete waste of money. My pal gets it at the weekend purely for the crossword, or so he says but then he votes UKip or so he says.

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          • Mongonomics or inflation ? says:

            60 Euro’s for 4 ice cream cones sounds a bit steep.

            Isn’t the ECB meant to be on the lookout for stuff like this in its essential work of monitoring prices to prevent inflation ?

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          • Old Blind Pugh says:

            Where money is in excess and they feel like an ice cream they will buy at that price, it also depends what is in the ice cream

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          • Haribo Halfwit says:

            It’s Sandi Topshop, taking a break from her duties propagandising the proles on Radio 4.

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          • Sue Stanwix says:

            It’s alright for you, unfortunately she’s our MP!

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        • 78
          Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

          But Big Brother government insists you learn how to send e-mails.

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          • LabourNutter says:

            Cut spending on vital infrastructure investment and consume the money hiring bureaucrats to swing by and tell me how to type an email. Keynes would be proud of that one.

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          • Old Blind Pugh says:

            Go to the Jobbie Centre or whatever it is called nowadays and they insist, and a lot of employers insist on jobbie seekers applying for jobbies by email. Ah, the delights of searching for a Jobbie, sending off application forms for what turn out to be non existent jobs, the waiting for replies that never come, if they do a month later arrival. the electronic application will mean that it will be easier to have ready made replies made and sent automatically. Don’t worry this will all come to London in the very near future, the rest of the country was just a big experiment before they tackled London, beware it’s at your door.

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    • 14
      Why have political input into something that needs no political input? says:

      You know, I was only thinking the other day that the internet had managed to exist and grow without the input of one politician and it was only now that they are trying to take control of it. All things internet could now only deteriorate since the MPs are taking over.

      Don’t suppose it has even entered their minds that some folk don’t wish to use the email.

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      • 23

        So Labour increase the number of people who can use the net while decreasing investment in the already obsolescent and overloaded infrastructure needed to access it. This sounds like another piece of socialist joined-up thinking of the type that made British Steel the envy of the world.

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        • 72

          Now that Ian Livingstone (is he a relation) has parked his tanks on Rupert Murdoch’s lawn (free football over BT broadband) will the latter retaliate by funding open access fibre networks to Labour’s inner city heartlands (like Birmingham) as currently being blocked by BT and Virgin. If so, how will Labour (and Conservatives) react when the result leads to competitive access for the masses, brought to us by market forces (red in tooth and claw) wiping out what is left of the case for the BBC License fee on the way.

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        • 154
          WTF??? says:

          Not to mention that they are against privatising the Royal Mail which they intend to make obsolete by spending a fiver teaching even the mad and the bad how to use email.

          They really are a waste of space.

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      • 36
        Vote Tory, get heir to Blair says:

        Some folks don’t even want to use a computer.

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    • 65
      How very rude! says:

      One-digit nation? Labour telling us all to swivel again.

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  2. 2
    The Loony Left says:

    You got fail.

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  3. 3
    Twozin Portside says:

    When are these fuckwits in Westminster going to figure out that funding one scheme by reducing spending on another is not how the world of money works?

    The fundamental issue that they have to understand is that they do not have a right to demand that people who work for money must give a large amount of that money to politicians to give to people who will not work!

    Oh and, they also do not understand that there are far too many people who know only too well how to send fucking emails! My spam box is presented as Exhibit A, m’lud!

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  4. 4
    Will says:

    The bbc this morning is getting more biased. Jimmy Saville no collusion with plod. Next no collusion at bbci bet to avoid large compo claims.

    I bet they are worried about compo claims from victims of Stuart hall as well.

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    • 59
      BBC magician says:

      These two people apparently never worked for us. There are no files left.

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      • 88
        Lean Britton says:

        Well I managed to fit a ‘massive dossier’ up my rectum, thus enabling a gang of peedo’s a free run on the UK’s child care facilities.

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    • 74
      Anonymous says:

      It is “no evidence” of collusion.

      Which stupid investigator thought there would be evidence?

      The whole role of the Police is to not collect evidence, unless it is against a single individual.

      They have failed me personally 3 times to not collect evidence. They have refused to make any contact with those with evidence. But only when it is related to a crime of a UK institution or a friend/business contact of a political party. After the first time, when I was naive to think they were honest, I recorded all the evidence.

      There is evidence, but they do not have it. They will not have it, until there is a real independent way to present the evidence.

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      • 128
        Old Blind Pugh says:

        I bet you were not a member of a Lodge, you had better have words with Hancock or these people:-

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      • 131
        dodgey dossier material says:

        I think you’re going over the top Anon … just because your neighbour’s shitsu dumps on your garden … perhaps they don’t want to gather the evidence or interview the culprit … be fair there is evidence but they don’t want to go there…they don’t want to have it so get over it

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    • 133
      koussamussa. says:

      savile is so vile.
      all taila
      made, robyro.
      .
      ro =cry.
      .
      cry…….b……..cri.
      carry…..2……..kerry.

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  5. 6
    Glyn H says:

    What does a picture of a bag lady have to do with Labour? And too good looking for a Socialist MP!

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  6. 7
    JH3983924239 says:

    Oh, for Christ’s sake.

    Who has trouble ‘getting online’ these days? Silver surfers perhaps, and they don’t contribute much to the digital economy. Get your fucking grandkids round, for Christ’s sake.

    Kids have no trouble, watch the speed a typical 10-year old can operate a tablet.

    Why can’t the government just get the hell out the way? Not demanding billions every time a new, faster wireless protocol comes out might help, which is a direct tax on infrastructure improvement.

    The twat who came up with this idea this probably still calls the Internet ‘the information super-highway.’

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    • 11
      Fat Mac says:

      Exactly! Government has no place in ‘helping people to send emails’ the commercial sector has this very well covered. I know many people will into their 70s and all are connected (iPhones, iPads, Android tablets and phones) none of them needed any government help to be so. Total wast of money and a throw back to New Labour’s love affair with chucking money at anything that sounded ‘modern and IT related’. Utter twats

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      • 38
        Vote Tory, get heir to Blair says:

        Are you saying we don’t need even more twats coming onto Guido and posting endless, pointless youtube clips?

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        • 54
          JH3983924239 says:

          Careful – he’ll be back posting the “Shoshanna don’t fear the reaper” video for some strange, nebulous, indeterminable reason known only to his sad, drunken, broken, bedsit-residing self.

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        • 167
          Fat Mac says:

          Exactly! Youtube clips in my view should be blocked from comments postings as they make reading the comments with its odd numbering system even more difficult. They are occasionally amusing but often off topic and odd

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    • 116
      Anonymous says:

      “Kids have no trouble”

      No, they blunder in, and the next you know they have committed suicide.

      A whole world is out there trying to exploit them, and the parents just think it was fun.

      The internet is permanent, and does not have an erase button.

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      • 136
        koussamussa. says:

        never underestimate the value of di.
        ……i.m.mortal she.
        .
        .
        .
        7 no,s and then a yes.
        The key number is 8….and what precedes it is the truth.
        if yes is the ansa, then 7 no has to precede…..4 balance.
        just like mensa need menta.

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      • 142
        Old Blind Pugh says:

        It certainly is, Dave and chums and a load of foreign governments are requiring IP’s to retain emails for at least 2 years maybe longer, and if GCHQ or the police decide that they are interested in you your internet traffic will definitely be logged and recorded including all the guff we post to this blog, everything can be traced, if an individual can not be traced, say posting from work, the firm that employ’s that person will be liable.

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    • 134
      Fog says:

      Agree government should get out of our faces, in every way – but don’t be ageist JHetc.
      ‘…the number of older users has increased dramatically over the past several years… this segment of the population now uses the internet on average four hours more per month than the age group 18-24. Research shows that the silver surfers are spending a majority of their time using search engines and online shopping sites…’

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      • 147
        Old Blind Pugh says:

        A lot of the younger ones are using Facebook, Twitter and other “social” sites, playing games, YouTube, porn whatever. I have a twitter account but not used it for at least 4 years it’s boring, much more fun on this blog, reminiscent of the old Newsgroups expletives and all.

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  7. 8
    stevetierneyuk says:

    £75M pounds to try and teach people how to get on the Internet. I wonder how they’d do it. A quango with pots of money to spend on things that vaguely do that? Special “evening classes” for it in local colleges which people can attend? The recruitment of thousands of unpaid “digital champions” to promote internet use, managed by highly-paid officers and with yearly “inclusion awards” for those that get the most “hard to reach group” individuals to connect?

    It’s a laudable idea in its way, but its the usual “the state will guide your life from cradle to grave” stuff that always has Labour wasting money on huge ineffective bureaucracies.

    Will it encourage any significant number of people who don’t want to use the internet to use the internet? Doubtful.

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    • 17
      Vote UKIP says:

      But just think how many lovely new totally useless public sector jobs it will create. Lots of pay, pensions, offices etc. etc.

      A TYPICAL FUCKING WASTEFUL PROPOSAL FROM LABLIBCON POLITICIANS

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    • 95
      S P 4 B S says:

      A couple of old PC’s in each library.

      If there aren’t any library, put them in a corner of a town hall

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    • 119
      Another Engineer says:

      Knowing the government, the first thing they’ll do is create a website to tell you how to get online.

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  8. 9
    Owen Jones says:

    Beg gmdmha tnttt djsnd

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  9. 10
    EU EU in out shake it all about says:

    25% of the population is mot interested in “getting online”. Anyway, we all know the bollocks we have to do when our technology plays up, don’t we? So what happens when the thickest part of our society have the same troubles? Get on the phone to a helpline in India to try and sort out why their internet link is not working? I don’t think so somehow.

    There is thickness here well up the line here too. methinks. Fucking civil brainless servants with their twat ideas in unreality!

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  10. 12
    Secret Squirrel @ '5' says:

    We will resist this. We need everyone in in Britain online to we can log all emails, tweets, posts, txts and calls in our snoopers database in the basement of GCHQ (£ cost classified for ‘security’ reasons, obviously, but it’s BEELIONS).

    If you’ve done nothing wrong etc.

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    • 143
      koussamussa. says:

      try this…
      .
      go thru the orange 4 the thrill.
      cross the angry red beyond
      which darkness lies
      and discov that there is nothing there.
      .
      let pplb.
      ………kussa questions.
      mussaroar
      .
      .
      .
      s.
      he was a mouse
      1n
      c

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  11. 13
    A blank sheet of paper can at least be used once says:

    Labour want to give the UK the finger. No surprises there.

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  12. 15
    Steve Jobs-Loss says:

    Every participant on the Jeremy Kyle show seems to be competent in using Facebook to hurl insults at each other.

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  13. 16
    Mister Edward Balls Co-Operative MP says:

    Labour’s bank the Co-Op in deep do dos.

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  14. 19
    err says:

    oh, fucking brilliant, another 20 zillion bytes of top posting crap clogging up the system
    ” she just can’t take anymore skipper”

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  15. 20
    Will says:

    Most people under 25 use Facebook texts or other message service. Apart from spams I bet most email has not increased at all. I bet in fact it has even decreased. In terms of people sending email. I understand calling people is still used as well you can speak to someone rather than send an email and get an instant response !!

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  16. 21
    Ban Politicians says:

    The fuckers can just not stop interfering when there’s no need to interfere using other people’s money.

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  17. 22
    Ban Politicians says:

    So a select committee of MPs say that Boris Island would be damaging to wildlife and must not be built.

    FFS so called wildlife will adapt like it always has. Is Heathrow good for wildlife?

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    • 28
      JH3983924239 says:

      Ever seen the arrivals hall?

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    • 33

      Just watch the departure lounge when there’s another 8 hour delay. all the wild-life you want.

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    • 89
      Green Mafia says:

      A couple of windmills, a solar park, a bird spotting hut and a donation to the RSPB should take care of the greens.

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    • 122
      Another Engineer says:

      Heathrow is good for bringing in infected mosquitos, but fortunately they don’t seem to get too far.

      Bringing them in to the Thames Estuary might well result in the “fen ague” returning to the Essex marshes. If it hasn’t already.

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    • 149
      koussamussa. says:

      life is in the wild.
      but nature fears a vacuum.
      .
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      .
      mother is nature.there is no padluck under the burr.ka.

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  18. 24

    She looks like fucking Les Dawson!

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  19. 26
    Will says:

    according to Wikipedia

    She studied PPE at Somerville College, Oxford.

    On leaving Oxford she worked as a researcher for the Labour MP Phillip Whitehead and from 1995 she worked as the head of strategy at HM Treasury until she stood down in 1997. She was a director at the Commission on the Future for Multi Ethnic Britain before she was appointed the head of strategy at The Children’s Society in 1998. From 2002 until her election she was the chief executive of the National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries. She is a member of the GMB Union and the Christian Socialist Movement.

    Also got elected via an all woman short list (surprise) who are few women from ethnic minorities selected from all women short lists ??

    Another individual who has not had any experience outside of quangos and spent her life sucking from the public teat all her life

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    No steps forward 100 steps back says:

    Great idea, another way of getting some of my taxes back from the government, I may have an internet connection but I don’t have digital skills whatever they are, this comment was typed by someone else for me, I really give up, LibLabCon pissing public money up the wall as usual, it’s the only thing they do well.

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  21. 31
    Loopy Lou says:

    When Labour have educated all these people digitally speaking will they spy on them?

    Perhaps Mr Milliband can explain.

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  22. 32
    Will says:

    Also surprise surprise critical of attempts to reform expenses.

    Goodman was critical of attempts to reform MP’s expenses stating if second homes were lost and travel allowances cut then “stress, mental ill-health, divorce, etc would explode”. She went on the claim that “women members cannot be expected to walk around alone in London after 11pm”. According to Wikipedia

    It’s no wonder with MPs like this that the public are fed up with the lot of them.

    Also husband works in public sector no surprise there

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    • 41
      No steps forward 100 steps back says:

      It’s strange lots of people work around the country and travel hundreds of miles from one job to another, staying overnight when it’s needed but travelling back to home site to start the same thing the following day and get taxed to death because the company car has a large engine so that the strain of travel doesn’t make the car fall apart, time to cut MPs wages in half and cut expenses to minimum as suggested by HMRC any staff should be payed from a HoC account not to the MP.

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      • 166
        Old Blind Pugh says:

        The last jobbie I had, you had supply your own car, buy your own petrol, travel in your own time (not paid for travel time), I just stopped using my car and rode a bicycle between jobbies and only did local jobs, I think MPs should use public transport to get to the HoC, what fun they would have getting packed into trains and maybe actually standing for their whole journey, they wanted to be MPs so they shouldn’t complain.

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    • 163
      Matilda says:

      When I was young it was perfectly safe for anybody to wander around anywhere they wanted at night. It is only recently since all this enrichment came to our shores that this situation has deteriorated (mainly under Blair/Brown supervision too).

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  23. 35
    Jim says:

    It cannot be a cut if you are going to spend it? You are deceasing one budget and increasing another budget by the same amount therefore you still have to borrow the same sum of money.

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    • 45
      Martha at One says:

      I don’t understand these so-called Labour savings. Did Ed have the same maths teacher?

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  24. 37
    Puzzled says:

    Can someone explain why there are so many Labour MP placements to head influential government committees and be vocal with their partisan views – where are the coalition MPs?
    Keith Vaz, Margaret Hodge and Louise Ellman among others.

    We’re now getting expand-Heathrow lobbying from a Liverpool MP who dismisses the considered views of an elected Mayor and London voters.

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    • 42
      Will says:

      The committee should have been chaired by an mp who lives in the Home Counties or the Kent area who might shock horror actually have electors affected by this report. Anyway it plays right into boris and the Tories hand on this matter as they can take a strong stance against it and not upset their voters. 1 nil to the Tories and a slam dunk

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  25. 39
    Owen Jones says:

    This thread has gone from passive aggression to excessive backslapping!

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  26. 43
    Sir William Waad says:

    Presumably the people who can’t send an email are those who can’t afford (or don’t want) an IT device and internet access, as well as the illiterate. A plan to impart basic digital skills won’t help either group.

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  27. 46
    Vote Tory, get heir to Blair says:

    Maybe she is preparing the way for online voting. All that postal voting is probably far too much effort for Labour plebs.

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    • 49
      Arthur Penny says:

      I shudder at online voting – too many ways to vote more than once. Sort of like postal voting but without the cost of a stamp.

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  28. 47
    Irate Taxpayer says:

    Why spend £75 million on giving people internet lessons? What a fuggin waste of money.

    Government needs to stick to the essentials, not piss money on giving people fancy lessons. What next, government tango classes or maybe cookery schemes? FFS, give me my money back.

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    • 51

      It’s to do with high speed broadband. And all hmg services going to online only.
      The trifle spent today will be saved many many times over when pensioners can’t get at their funds.

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      • 56
        Labourunionsbbc are one under the EU says:

        But aren’t they taking away said funds to pay for their ability to get at them?

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      • 58
        Irate Taxpayer says:

        Why give taxpayer funded lessons? If people want to learn, get their grandchildren, neighbours or others to do it rather than taking my money.

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      • 104
        S P 4 B S says:

        Now, I might be an old fart, but I don’t see the point in high speed broadband.

        Perhaps for watching cats on youtube, or for watching TV.
        Or so pages with too many adverts, shite and bollocks shoved on top.

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        • 109
          S P 4 B S says:

          Its because of my moderate broadband speed that I am not finishing sentences.

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        • 121
          JH3983924239 says:

          I agree that anything above 1MB is of marginal additional value. Most sites will not send you data any quicker than that anyway.

          The best ISP I ever had was with NTL circa 2002. I was the only one on the street with a cable connection, and it bloody flew. Only 1MB but it created new connections almost instantaneously, which had a far greater influence on the perceived speed than a high constant data rate.

          BT Business Broadband is shite. My upstream performance is 320KB. Fucking useless. Avoid.

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    • 156
      WTF??? says:

      Bill Gates told them they should do it. Otherwise Microsoft’s market would be saturated pretty soon.

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  29. 48
    Joyce Thacker says:

    I’m well knackered.
    Since UKIP started getting 24% of the vote I’ve had to take 6,000,000 children into care.

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    • 52
      Labourunionsbbc are one under the EU says:

      Yes, what’s happened to those UKIP children, have they been reunited with their common sense parents, or have common purpose still got them holed up somewhere?

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    • 96
      Anonymous says:

      Have you not been fired yet, you evil old slag ??

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  30. 50
    UKIP or bust says:

    A highly intelligent man I was taught by as an undergraduate, has never had a computer and has no desire to have one, or to send emails.

    While I sometimes wish he had one so I could write to him in the easy way, and at other times I make him right not to have a computer.

    I respect his decision; but maybe somewhere down the line if that miserable looking hag ever gets her grasping hands on power she may force him to have one.

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    • 53

      I wonder how much it’s going to cost us to save so much money?

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      • 66
        Anonymous says:

        If that is Labours “big idea” they are fecked, im ver glad to say! i heard “yesterday in Parliament” last night, Yvette Cooper and Angela Eagles have to be 2 of the most unplesant people in politics.If they spoke to colleagues in any other job like that they would be sacked, they both sounded bonkers !

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      • 68
        What happened to Dave & Nick's sensible plan to cut the number of MPs? says:

        An lot more money than if they had done fuck all, for certain.

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      • 75
        Twozin Portside says:

        Nail. Hammer. Dead Hit.

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  31. 62
    first. Get the basics right. says:

    Can’t they just sort out the basics first?

    like deporting foreign terrorists and criminals and stopping illegals from entering the Islands?

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  32. 63
    Bazinga! says:

    75 million well spent on one legged black lesbian transgender feminist Muslim advisers

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  33. 67
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Is she a bag woman?

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  34. 71
    Ken Barlow says:

    She looks like Emily Bishop. Nothing that a good shag won’t sort out.

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  35. 76
    Spartacus says:

    there are many parts of the country that do not have internet connection to send an email.

    first sort that out then worry about training – stay focussed dummy

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    • 81
      It's all bollocks anyway says:

      Name one of these famous parts that MPs like to speak of as I’ve never come across one.

      Have Landline, mobile phone or Satellite. Then have the internet.

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  36. 77
    Labour Retard says:

    I’m just off to put my life savings in the Co-op.

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    Will says:

    The current digital strategy and BT and the mobile telcos rolling out 4g will do more for the economy than spending a few quid on getting people to send emails.

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  39. 85
    Anonymous says:

    What happened to freedom.

    I might have worked for 3 companies that were the leading players in the hardware side of the technology revolution, but I absolutely hate computers. They are a minefield of stupidity.

    There are certain people that should not be allowed near them as they are too easily conned. The whole basis has no trust, and is just a platform of deception.

    Stop being so ridiculous and start providing real services.

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  40. 86
    Swiss Bob says:

    Christ, even my 80+ year old mother can email and text and now she’s using Skype. Anyone needing a lesson in these things other than, ‘look, watch, see, now you do it’ is a certifiable moron and in no need of these skills.

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    • 101
      Anonymous says:

      Yet more fodder for criminal exploitation. Roll up roll up give me all your details for this petition about cruelty, I will sell them on to the criminals. Install this program and we will know when you are using your unprotected home computer. It will just send a small message to a Eastern European server daily. No one will notice.

      This service contract will allow us to fix (control) your computer. You better have a camera or we will not be able to make the program work. It is free, honest.

      But what happens when it breaks, you will need 1 hour service contract or you will not be able to get to your pension. We will be around to take away the computer and you will be obliged to buy a new one as the warranty was violated because it smelt of oranges.

      Roll up Roll up all you honest trusting people. (All the above are true events.)

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  41. 91
    Steve Miliband says:

    Rule Britannia!

    Co-op Bank look like they need a bailout. Remind me which party they support?

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  42. 92
    Endless Loop says:

    Tell you something. They should keep guberment well away from t’internet.

    Their websites are the most expensive and fucking useless on planet Earth and beyond.

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  43. 93
    GORDON McMENTAL McMAD says:

    I gave them all free lap tops you know ! Trouble is they sold them , instead of learning how to use them

    Nursey ! Poo poo

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  44. 97
    Anonymous says:

    Before the BBC Television Licence can be replaced with a BBC Internet Licence, there needs to be 25 million households, on-line.This action should assist when the BBC GRAB & CONTROL INTERNET is rolled out.

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  45. 98
    The only wise thing Dave ever said. says:

    Too many Tweets make a Twat.

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  46. 102
    GORDON McMENTAL McMAD says:

    Many a true word spoken in jest !

    This from the Keith Vaz thread further down
    “Next G4S will be asked to do the security #farce”
    After the total fuck up of the Olympics , it is reported that G4S is suppling the security for the G8 summit in Ireland !
    Is this a joke ?
    Can anyone tell us if there is an MP on the board of this company ,?

    In other news , There has been a rise in sales of large brown envelopes in the Westminster area

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  47. 106
    Digital Inclusion Officer, on £40k a year plus a juicy pension and a Mondeo says:

    Now, love, to apply for your postal vote you just fill in the form and click on that “apply now” thing as many times as you can.

    Then, when all your ballot papers come through the door, you put an X next to the candidate marked “Labour” and send ‘em all off.

    Easy, eh!

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  48. 107
    albacore says:

    How about improving Parliament’s skills anywhere that you care to look?
    Evidentially its great expertise lies in dropping us in the muck
    The great carrier cockup’s got years to run. Anyone making a book
    That if one boat does ever float, it’ll be an obsolete sitting duck?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22472912

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  50. 112
    GORDON McMENTAL McMAD says:

    Breaking ! Qatada says he will return to Jordan if the government ratifies the agreement with Jordanian gov

    Yeh Right !

    Oh ! i forgot , he has a bail hearing next week

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  51. 113
    Wellmeaning Bob says:

    Hey! I’ve slithered back into the mashpit here. Where are the enemy? Muster the troops! Revolution now! Fuck the System!

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  52. 114
    May Day May Day May Day says:

    Abu Qatada wins again.

    Will voluntarily return to Jordan.

    The Government never saw that one coming.

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  53. 117
    The BBC says:

    You must buy a BBC licence to access the live internet.

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  54. 123
    President Umunna says:

    We are the people we have been waiting for!

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  55. 124
    Disgusted of Neasden says:

    So, £75,000,000 / (10,000,000+16,000,000) = £2.88 per head. How much training does that buy?

    Family members have tried to persuade my 77-year-old, very intelligent, mother-in-law to get a PC but she just doesn’t want one. She’s quite happy writing letters by hand.

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    • 127
      The Government says:

      No internet, no pension.

      Simples.

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    • 139
      My case says:

      When Dave’s government announced the new pension proposals I thought it time to get a new pension forecast and explicitly to check the recorded years of NI contributions.

      Unlike previous inquiries, this time they do all in their power to make you register and use the internet rather than just phoning them up and they send you a letter.

      First problem was that due to Dave’s announcement the site had crashed and was not accessible for the next 3 weeks.

      Second problem having gained access my info could not be accessed until I had registered and received two snail mail envelopes containing user code and password.

      Third problem, the info available was still based on Brown’s minimum NI contributions and not my actual contributions, the data I wanted to know.

      So I had to phone Newcastle, speak to a human who then put my pension forecast in the post just like they always did.

      Result. The internet has made the system more complicated, time wasting and expensive.

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  56. 125
    Anonymous says:

    Rosa Kleb is alive and well

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  57. 132
    Banker says:

    Well, with Labour’s bank degraded to junk status I suppose they had to do something:

    http://news.sky.com/story/1089124/co-op-bank-boss-quits-amid-moodys-downgrade

    Not a place to keep one’s cash.

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    • 140
      (I don't need no doctor) says:

      That Peter Marks looks awfully like Jack Dromey. Is it an all women board at the Co-op bank?

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  58. 135
    Investments4Ufundmanagers says:

    We have a great investment plan for you in our Cyprus Fund. A miserly (how do we do it you ask) 25% commission for a great return. You get a free Cyprus flag just for enquiring.

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  59. 138
    Anonymous says:

    We have a driving license because you can kill with a car.

    So should we have an internet license? You can certainly ruin yours, and other lives using it.

    What is the equivalent to “non-motorway” seat belted, small engine driving. Or is it mandatory to be always on the outside of a racetrack without even a roll cage, just to contact say the post office who have lost your parcel again.

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    Point of information says:

    The ‘one digital nation’ bit is somewhat falling somewhat at the first fence.

    That notion applies to the likes of Ch!na who impose massive censorship and firewalls to prevent free browsing. The UK is not quite there just yet.

    It should only take about 10 mins to show someone how to hold a mouse, start a browser and get to Google.

    Would take a further 10 mins to get them set up on Twitter, possibly with an email account.

    Then 5 mins how to send tweets to their MPs.

    So within 30 mins, the digitally unwashed can let Government know direct what it thinks of the GBP 2.88 or so they were given back from their tax receipts in order to experience the internet.

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  61. 161
    Shadow Media Minister Helen Goooooodmannnnn says:

    Call it extreme if you like, but I propose we hit it hard and we hit if fast with a major – and I mean major – leaflet campaign, and while it’s reeling from that we’d follow up with a whist drive, a car boot sale, some street theatre and possibly even some benefit concerts.

    Then we’d explain to people that they actually need to buy a computer that they don’t want, for several hundred quid, and take out a subscription to an internet provider for another couple of hundred quid per year or so. Then pay someone to come round and get rid of all the viruses, trojans and other associated wankwear that has cleared out their bank account of the couple of quid they had left.

    And then there’s the ID theft…

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    newbie says:

    That’s £10 each. Hmmmmm

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