I, like Nick Booth and presumably countless others, got an email from someone called Rohan Silva today, who has an @parliament email address. Rohan writes:
I thought you might be interested in how Cabinet Office minister Tom Watson‘s speech yesterday on new technologies and the internet “mashed up” Conservative Party policies, speeches and ideas from the past 18 months. (Comically, the link to Tom’s speech isn’t actually working at the moment: https://www.tom-watson.co.uk/?p=1899 – and it’s not been published on the Cabinet Office website…)
It’s well worth reading Tom’s entire speech alongside our previous key speeches on this subject, and seeing for yourself just how much of it has been purloined from Conservative Party announcements. But for those of you who don’t have time to do that, here’s a selection of some of the most obvious thefts in Tom’s speech, along with some suggestions about other Conservative Party internet related policies that he may want to borrow for his next one…
What follows is a job lot of loosely related content from Watson’s speech, along with the Tory equivalent from where it was ’stolen’. There are obviously problems with this, as Nick points out in his post:
Rohan: I know and can find a whole range of already public sources for these ideas: books, websites, blogs, reports commissioned by goverment and others. These ideas are out there and both parties are getting to grips with them and talking about them. I would have to be something of a moron to believe that all the government is doing is nicking ideas from you when it is much more credible to believe that you are all reading about and experience the same radical shift in how we communicate and collaborate.
It’s kind of interesting that the Tories are targeting a group of interested folk in this way. But several things annoyed me:
- The list was sent to everyone in the bcc field, so I have no idea who else got this. Great way to start a conversation.
- Why not post this on a blog somewhere, point us to it and start a discussion around it?
- As Nick points out, why not engage with Tom and see to it that these ideas get implemented?
This ain’t the way to go about it, boys.