...but they blew it at the last minute.
The Tories want to scrap ID cards and other overpriced and pointless databases and have come out and said so. They also plan to cap government spending on IT projects so there can be no more constant bleeding of funds into inefficient and useless companies that deliver late, over budget stuff that turns out to be no actual use at all.
Francis Maude, shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “Labour’s IT procurement process has been marked by a catalogue of failures, late deliveries and cost overruns.
“We need a freeze on signing up to yet more failed projects.
“We have a once in a generation chance to ensure greater value for money, rein in Labour’s database state and use modern technology to transform government...
Sounds good to me. An actual Tory policy at last, and one that makes sense. But then he goes and spoils it all by saying something stupid like -
...and society for the better.”
No no no no no. Society votes you into office. You work for society, not the other way round. You are not employed by us to change us to suit some personal ideal of your own, you are there to run the country so we don't have to. That's your job. That's it. You are not there to tell us how to live, you are there to ensure we have police and fire brigades and buses and trains and so on. You are there to negotiate with other countries on our behalf and organise defence against them where necessary.
You, politicians, are responsible for collecting the rubbish in our bins and ensuring the sewage works don't back up. Feel too important for that? Then get a different job.
Consider what Labour have done to change society. Every intervention a disaster. What have they really changed? Well, they have changed this society from one that was willing to vote for them into one that isn't. That will happen to you too, Tories, unless you grasp this simple basic fact.
You work for the people of this country. They do not work for you and they are not your playthings. Society is your employer, not your modelling clay. Get on with your jobs and stop irritating your employers.
The first government to realise this will hold office for a very long time. That government will never be Labour nor will it be Lib Dem.
I don't think it'll be Tory either.