Voice your opinions
I think its important not only that everyone here fill in the consultation. Now its a word document don't be afraid to add a secret option number 3 - 'Do you think systems like this should be in place for all internet connections and households, or just for those with children?' - Erm neither thanks.
At the end of the 'form' is an email address to forward opinions about how you feel this and other DfE consultations are run - email@example.com. I recommend sending Carole an email letting her know how much of cock-up this whole thing has been.
If you're not sure what to say, I've enclosed my email to her below for your enjoyment :
I have recently finished completing the response form noted above, and felt I had to voice how appalled I am at how this whole consultation has been handled. This was without a doubt one of the most biased surveys I have ever had the misfortune to come across. For a start, perhaps people who aren't parents or corporate representatives also deserve to voice their opinion? Additionally many of these questions are incredibly leading, e.g. '11 - Do you think systems like this should be in place for all internet connections and households, or just for those with children?'. How about neither? This means you are either incredibly incompetent, or incredibly biased. I am curious to know which it is, so please email me at <email> to let me know which.
There is also concern over how the input is being collected. Initially there was an on-line web form and somehow you managed to leak the personal details of those who submitted that form. This is itself is an excellent reason to not require people to register that they would like to have an unfiltered interned connection; Because those details will get lost, and the chances are doubled (at least) when a government department is involved. So it is now handled through an extremely poorly put together word document? Really? Kudos for the discovery of time travel, I must have missed when we went back to 1997. To compound matters your department would not extend the deadline when they were required to revert to the word document in the first place. Surely after the delays caused by the loss of the web interface and the viceral pain involved in navigating that document the deadline should be extended.
In summation, I'm not sure why this 'consultation' is being done. Clearly the decision has already been made. I weep for the future of this nanny state, nimby-ist country and all those who have the severe misfortune to live here in the future.
Looking forward to your reply on these points,