Feeds

E-minister bottles election debate

Prefers to press the flesh

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The Minister for Textiles and part-time E-minister, Patricia Hewitt, has refused to take part in an online debate about e-commerce in the run-up to the general election.

Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC), Chris Shaw, challenged the Minister because he believes New Labour's record on e-issues is simply not up to scratch.

Shaw is contesting the same seat as Ms Hewitt in the general election and wants to go head-to-head with Ms Hewitt as part of his fight for the Leicester West constituency.

"In 1997 New Labour suggested that it was the modern party and the natural party of the Internet generation" said Shaw

"Nearly four years on, the E-minister's policies have done more harm that good".

Shaw reckons that under the New Labour Government the growth in Internet access has been slow making the UK uncompetitive. He also believes that the Government has been slow to break the BT monopoly and open up competition to provide cheaper Internet access.

A spokeswoman for Ms Hewitt's constituency office in Leicester told The Register: "Patricia will not be taking part in the online debate because she feels she will be too busy continuing to talk to people in Leicester West."

Shaw first challenged the Minister for Textiles and E-minister to a debate last year although Ms Hewitt's constituency office claims that Shaw never formally issued the challenge. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.