Monday, March 10, 2008

It Begins

Civil Service blogger sparks online crackdown

The emergence of Civil Service blogger who used the internet to lampoon her employers and cabinet ministers has forced the Government to set out new guidance for its staff covering blogging and online social networks. Blogger lifts lid on Whitehall failings Sir Gus O’Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, is planning to issue rules telling officials whether they can start blogs, use social networking websites such as Facebook and YouTube and change details on Wikipedia. How Long Before This Applies To All ?

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14 thoughts on “It Begins

  • I posted this earlier today under another topic – living in the UK is becoming a throw back to East Germany – Government tells lenders to offer long term fixed rate mortgages, you cant smoke anywhere (I’m not a smoker) you cant drink alcohol without being labelled a binge drinker, you must pay a £135 fee for the Brown Broadcasting Corporation, eat too much fast food and we wont treat you on the NHS – you cant have a referendum its better that parliament decides because we know best, you cant peace protest at Aldermaston – the list is endless

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  • Landedgentry says:

    Sir Gus O’Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, is planning to issue rules telling officials whether they can start blogs, use social networking websites such as Facebook and YouTube and change details on Wikipedia.

    China, North Korea???

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  • If someone choses to destroy their working relationship with their employer by taking the mickey out of them publicly they deserve to be sacked publicly.
    Its just plain rude. Nothing to do with big brother etc.

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  • Landedgentry says:

    We can outsource web regulation to China.

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  • Add : You can’t post comments about Financial/Economic matters, and so on………

    And they call this Democracy.

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  • sacred contracts says:

    Closing it down makes the blog much more enticing and BELIEVABLE – I hope the blogger finds a way to recreate it!

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  • The company I work for wouldn’t let me start a blog paradying the business and its bosses. It is a bit naive to think this is acceptable behaviour.

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  • Having a fag down the pub and a few pints with your mates and a chat about the state of the country is something people do in a relaxed open society. The government have successfully curtailed that little pleasure and are now moving in on the bloggers, the last thing the government need is people getting together in groups and discussing things like politics. The more fragmented, frightened and isolated people are the less likely the are to complain. The overiding emotion we now have in society is fear, just go to work come home and lock yourself away don’t speak to your neigbours don’t speak to anyone just watch the mind numbing rubbish served up on tv to keep the fear levels up.

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  • Have you noticed all the mind numbing government adverts on the really local radio stations as well. It’s like 50% of their advertising revenue comes directly from the state and their news is aimed directly at government employees and benefit claimants (tame voters).

    When they have a publicised campaign on such things as using your mobile while driving it’s all driven by instilling the fear of being caught rather than going out and catching the perpetrators of such heinous acts.

    Mind you once they have everyones DNA and Fingerprints the State won’t need the police anymore, just reams of forensic operatives on £10/hr.

    It’s enough to drive sane, thinking people, paranoid.

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  • mrmickey

    and most of all the ‘Truth’ that you have just written.

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  • sold 2 rent 1 says:

    The information war is starting.
    The government is preparing itself with this move

    It will be a viscious battle for the truth that should last most of the summer.

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  • housing carbuncle says:

    B*llocks to any cvil servant dipstick who tries to tell me what I can and can’t write.

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  • stillthinking says:

    Animal Farm would be more apt if Labour had managed to run things as well as the pigs.

    The public sector is a corrupt theft from UK families, staffed by lazy shameless incompetents who would do the country a service by signing on, and perhaps the worst thing is that those who could and should speak out are reduced to taking whats left in the trough as their best move.

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  • it_is_going_with_a_bang says:

    As with most things that get publicly banned I would think that their attempts to silence people will have the opposite effect.
    Quite rightly so.

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