"very little knowledge of technology"
That of course is *not* an apology for all of the grossly intrusive *lifetime* surveillance polices (ANPR is 5 yrs and growing, and how is DNA retention changing? They may have cut the Forensic Science Service yet that still seems get funding, either in house or "outsourced")
Just that he does not understand it and (of course) relied on his "advisers"
Who knew they would be a collection of senior civil servants with a data fetish and a group of suppliers looking to make serious money on the contracts?
History tends to judge leaders. So far the *only* long term achievement of the whole Labor govt they should be proud of would be the setting of a minimum wage, which IIRC was done at Browns prompting.
So did attendees think they got their money's worth with him for the keynote? You did pay it.