Post by Dark Phoenix Rising on Apr 13, 2010 12:20:31 GMT
Historically there is a parliamentary privilage that says that a minister doesn't actually have to know anything about what he's commenting/working on. This is because it's very hard to get qualified people who are also interested in being a politician.
Post by Dark Phoenix Rising on Apr 13, 2010 14:11:50 GMT
if you consider that a minister can be required to perform any job, from accounting to farming to tech services, I think it's unreasonable to require that a minister will actually know anything about the subject when they take the post. However if they don't pick good advisers, and they don't listen to them I think there is then going to be a problem.
After all, how many people here can honestly say they know what to look for to tell if there's going to be an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in cattle, and what to do about it? Or what the difference between a mature cod and one that shouldn't be caught is?
It would be pretty amusing if they were harmless, sure. But they are planning to put through one of the most repressive and intrusive pieces of internet legislation ever created on the back of their ignorance. They plan to give themselves the power to snoop on everything anyone does online not as an emergency anti-terrorist power to be used in extremis, but as a matter of course. And they can't see anything wrong in this...