Prescient, or what?
he satellite channel G.O.L.D. is currently working its way through the famous political comedy sitcom Yes Minister. We're still only in the first series and already we've had episodes based round proposals for a National Database giving Civil Servants access to everyone's personal details; a national Identity Card; and giving Government the right to snoop on everyone's telephone calls and letters in the interests of national security (there was no email in 1980).
And what are three of the biggest political hot potatoes this Government is pursing at the moment, 19 years later?
A national Identity Card.
An act giving government officials the right to snoop on everyone's telephone calls and email in the interests of national security (though admittedly only their existence, not, at the moment, their content).
A National Database (linked to the ID card) giving Civil Servants access to personal information and medical records.
In Yes Minister these proposals were effectively sat on. Probably no such luck in real life.
Posted: Thu - July 16, 2009 at 11:23 AM by Roger Wilmut
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