Socialist With An iPad


John McDonnell has had his Harold Wilson moment today, or at least he wants you to think he has. The Shadow Chancellor is unveiling his latest plans for a technological revolution in socialism, moving on from Wilson’s “white heat of technology” to the slightly less inspiring “socialism, but socialism with an iPad“:

“How we work is changing. Shifts in technology are opening up new possibilities. The spread of information technology, in particular, with the long-term decline in the cost of computing power has created opportunities that simply did not exist before. Airbnb, for example, simply could not have existed before the internet. It does not own or rent rooms itself. It provides a space through which others can do so.”

Yes, John, Airnbnb, an online rent lodging service, could not have existed before the internet. Finally a McDonnell statement we can all agree on…

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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”


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