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A new technology quango due to be headed by karaoke investor Martha Lane Fox has been shut down by the new government less than three months after it was unveiled. Gordon Brown trumpeted the Digital Public Service Unit in March as part of a final spasm of webtastic announcements. It was to be located within the Cabinet Office, …

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Pointless

I've been to a conference where Martha was a speaker, what she was saying made perfect sense and a lot of people in the room nodded in agreement but afterwards I was still asking how she was going to go about the impossible task within the local gov circle. It all amounted to alot of hot air at the end of the day, what they want to achieve can't be done by central gov, by all means supply small pots of cash for local authorities to bid for if they have a good pitch for rolling out a programme of digital inclusion in their boundaries.

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What scares me is that

...her initials sound like (and almost spell out) M(i)LF

<shudders>

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no shudders here

See http://www.google.com/images?q=martha%20lane%20fox

"MILF" would be entirely apt, but the wikipedia article mentions no children.

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"Given a more roving role"

Is that a euphemism for being shown the door?

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I'd like to think...

... it was euphemism for her - and a lot of other quango folk - to try working for a living...

Not much chance, though, I suspect. Another sinecure job will be along soon.

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Ah yes, the proper citizen

"I don't think you can be a proper citizen of our society in the future if you are not engaged online."

The words "patronising" and "waste of space" spring to mind.

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@Ah yes, the proper citizen...

"I don't think you can be a proper citizen of our society in the future if you are not engaged online."

She of course forgot to add "Where of course we'll be watching you..."

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Or even ........

Catronising punt?

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Paris Hilton

Errr...

"What we hope to do is to come in and find some impetus, some deadlines, perhaps some outside thinking and some challenge to the way that things happen in government," she said, adding: "If you bring that together with what's happening in the commercial sector you can create something quite powerful."

I understand all of the individual words.

It the whole sentence that turns my brain to mush.

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WTF?

Karaoke investor?

What the heck is a "karaoke investor"? It's so hard to keep up with all these Business 2.0 buzzwords. Is it someone who invests loudly in other people's projects in front of an audience while incredibly drunk?

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Re: Karaoke investor?

I'm much more literal than that. It's someone who invests in karaoke bars.

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nice

that reply made me laugh so hard my boss looked at my funny

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Re: Kareoke investor

That's It! You have found the The Next Big Thing to distract the Masses - a combination of X-Factor and Dragon's Den!

Simon is available for contract now...

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What the f**k has MLF done anyway that...

Makes her any sort of spokesman for any form of useful strategy on anything?

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Damn it!

For a minute there, I thought we'd gotten rid of the useless idiot. But it sounds like she's going to haunt Whitehall for some time to come.

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The primary effect of Celebrity Tsars

Is that the low grade civil servants who will actually do the work get even more hacked off, surly and obstructive than usual.

Leave administration to administrators. They may not be efficient, but they're still better than some posh tart waving her hands and gushing about how it's going to be so awesome when all the junkies and baby farmers can file complaints against their case workers via Facebook.

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Raising the Game to Greater Levels ... Waiting Masses to Follow SMART Leader Tales and Trails

..... at their Leisure thus Circumventing Initiative Displeasure.

Yes, Rogerburg, I imagine that MLF has already sadly realised that both low grade and high paid civil servants administering to administrators are not equipped to deal in high grade virtual matters and thus will they be naturally excluded by virtue of their own ignorance and/or arrogance from future leading foray fora.

They can though always play catch up, if they wish or can be bothered, with the instructions and constructions which will be left for them to follow in the wake of CyberIntelAIgent Master Pilot Programs and Civil CyberSpace Projects ....... which you can be hereby assured will be taxing Government officials to furnish with Public Funding or explain their Reasons for Refusal in the Bright Light of all that has been Revealed in the Realm of Fantasy Financing with Quantitative Easing.

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.... Virtual Real AID

.""What we hope to do is to come in and find some impetus, some deadlines, perhaps some outside thinking and some challenge to the way that things happen in government," she said, adding: "If you bring that together with what's happening in the commercial sector you can create something quite powerful.""

Take care there, Martha, for doing that at all well has governments doing one's bidding ..... and the intellectually challenged elements within governments [and there can be/are always more than just a few] inventing phantom enemies in a new base/metadatamorph to fight as they battle against and try to repress new ideas and the quantum solutions which would embrace and engage and evolve with colossal underground participation ..... Sublime Support.

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Which all is perfectly transparently shared for InterNetional Comment and SMART Peer Review and Innovative Preview of Constructive Imaginative Edutainment and would Immaculately Challenge Intelligence Communities too ....... to Better Beta Stellar Performance.

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@The primary effect of Celebrity Tsars

Hear hear!

"Is that the low grade civil servants who will actually do the work get even more hacked off, surly and obstructive than usual.

Leave administration to administrators. They may not be efficient, but they're still better than some posh tart waving her hands and gushing about how it's going to be so awesome when all the junkies and baby farmers can file complaints against their case workers via Facebook."

ROTFLMAO. This says it all. In a long career, I've noticed several things along these lines.

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Anonymous Coward

And her salary?

How much are we paying her to live in the fashion she's accustomed to?

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