Becky sez, "FishNChip blog couldn't work out if this podcast with Sir Bonar Neville-Kingdom, a top British
civil servant and the Brown government's technology czar, was a joke or not. It would be funny... if it wasn't so true."
He talks about transformational government - just listen to his two examples (a 4-year old with HIV offered extra rice pudding a recently bereaved widow who is prompted to pay for her TV license - I kid you not).
When challenged about concerns amongst the public about the NIS (National ID Card Scheme), he trots out the IPS' 10 myths rather than responding to what the public actually thinks; claims that the concerns originate from a small number of troublemakers working under the guise of the LSE; claims those with nothing to hide have nothing to fear; promotes the NIS as the gold standard of identity ...
I get the distinct expression that Dave Birch from Consult Hyperion, who is very knowledgeable about identity management, is exasperated during the interview. And I am not surprised. Sir Bonar is so patronising (he talked about his "Blackberry girl" who clearly reads his email for him - you would think a tech czar could master that). I could feel his virtual hand reaching out from my MP3 player and patting me on the head.
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