UK tech-czar's ridiculous, fatuous podcast interview -- hilarious gag interview

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19 Responses to “UK tech-czar's ridiculous, fatuous podcast interview -- hilarious gag interview”

  1. lupino says:

    I think you might need to recalibrate your satire detectors.

  2. Boba Fett Diop says:

    “Computers, as you know, were invented by the British civil service…”

    Brilliant!

  3. lupino says:

    Or not – I clearly need to recalibrate my eyes!

  4. danegeld says:

    what an absolute f**kwit! Remove this imbecile from his post TODAY.

    Is he high on something? Is this interview a joke from Rory Bremner in which they left out the canned laughter?

    Seriously, if this government things I’m going to allow my four year old daughter to be fingerprinted in order to obtain her school lunch (7:00 into the m4a audio) so a computer system can disclose irrelevant medical her conditions to the school dinner lady??? or it’s appropriate for 74 year old people to be denied free transport if their husband died and they’re overdue on their TV license.???

    How did this guy even get this job? Did anyone elect him or was he appointed?

    The *whole point* of employing people is because that you can’t codify reasonable, appropriate behaviour succintly into a computer, whereas humans can use their judgement and their ability to extrapolate from general principles to the specific case.

    If there’s any argument against an ID card, it’s because it’ll allow brainless aparachiks like this specimen you’ve found to attempt to implement their dumb, immutable, petty systems on the rest of us.

    I’m writing to my substitute MP about this. (my real MP is on `sick leave with full pay’ after being arrested by the police for alledgedly (read: actually) beating his second wife – go, go British Politics!)

    National identity and government funded IT systems in general are vechiles for IT vendors to extract cheap public money from ill-informed cretins in order to develop systems which then can never be deployed because they’re so poorly designed and thought-out.

    [aside: I'm not surprised that the government employs "blackberry girls" to work them so the top civil servants don't have to... The blackberry is impossibly bad, it's a testament to how unusable a piece of technology can be made, while still seeming like you ought to be able to get it to do something useful, if only you could figure out how to nagivate the menus.]

  5. Matt Staggs says:

    The same “person” is quoted in an April Fool’s piece from earlier this year. I suspect that this is another piece of satire.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04/01/nodiss_revealed/

  6. danegeld says:

    right. I’m a bit slow on the uptake. But it is so believable….

  7. Ugly Canuck says:

    (fearful voice)
    The…Czar?!
    (Drops on knees, averts and covers eyes)

  8. r1ch says:

    The fact that so many people had trouble identifying this as satirical is a damning indictment of how far our current government has dragged us down.

    Since Tony Blair was appointed Peace Envoy to the middle east, we’ll believe anything!

  9. gobo says:

    Isn’t Sir Bonar Neville-Kingdom an Achewood character?

  10. Kieran O'Neill says:

    Hey, hey Beavis.
    He said “boner”.

  11. peterfromhorwich says:

    I’m sure Sir Bonar is a comedy character – you can read his blog posts at: http://www.idealgovernment.com/index.php/search/results/519c792edc4b57068bb263500702bf9b/

  12. imipak says:

    @3 (Danegeld): whether he’s real or fictional, civil servants are of course appointed not elected.

  13. ZippySpincycle says:

    Peter @9, thanks for the link. I’m hoping that someone will start a similar interweb “blog” for US Senator Ted Stevens.

  14. Bugs says:

    @ #3 danegeld

    Top rant.
    /me applauds

  15. Guesstimate Jones says:

    I would like to nominate Sir Bonar for Upper Class Twit of the Year…

  16. sammich says:

    R1CH@#6 – clearly a satire, but just reading the intro above nearly made me cry.

    Maybe it was because of Thatcher’s sledgehammer approach, but it seems that we fought back with more vigour in the ’80s. These days, with New Thatcherism, the attrition is so gradual and so dispiriting, that we mostly seem to be just taking it – and grumbling.

    I wonder if this is what they call @learned helplessness@ ?

  17. sammich says:

    oops… still, there’s nothing i can do about it…

  18. wastrel says:

    Satire or not, danegeld’s rant (@ #3) is a thing of beauty.

  19. Fireweasel says:

    Reading his “blog” at http://www.idealgovernment.com – that .com is a bit of a giveaway – strongly supports the satire theory.

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