Friday, 22 January 2010
Joined Up Government? Balls
I read this item on the BBC News website with interest. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the interweb, has produced http://www.data.gov.uk/ to enable HMG data to be accessed by interweb consumers more easily. One application called PlanningAlerts is designed to send details of nearby planning applications to registered users. Unfortunately, thanks to the Royal Mail being all proprietorial about postcodes, there is a zero-functionality status at present. Royal Mail, despite paying its Scotch CEO £1million or so including bonus (Ha!), is owned by HM Government. So why doesn't its CEO attend an interview without coffee to be told to stop mucking about and release the data? Because we are controlled by idiots waiting to be evicted whose main concern is finding post-election nonjobs for themselves.