PM Brown dusts off one interweb per child plan (again)
Stop me if you think you've heard this one before
As he fights for his political life in a speech at the Labour Party conference in Manchester today, Gordon Brown will hope a sprinkle of magical internet pixie dust can help save him.
According to newspapers briefed on the speech, Brown will announce yet again that the government will put cash towards ensuring all school children have internet access.
We say yet again because the initiative was first trailed in the press by schools minister Jim Knight in January. Oh, and then it was announced again by Channel 4 News in August, with accompanying "this programme has learned" fanfare.
Yet the idea has been fed to and regurgitated again by this morning's press. Some £300m will go on computers and subsidised broadband for poorer families, identified by local councils. The money has been found by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in savings elsewhere in its budget, the Guardian reports.
The Tories immediately jumped on the pre-announcement, condemning the story as "six weeks old". Knight issued his own riposte, denying the Tory interpretation. Which is technically correct, as the story is clearly much much older.
And despite its vintage, the broadband for every child pork barrel has been given top billing among a suite of eye-catching-initiatives aimed at resuscitating Brown's premiership. Ministers also aim for parents to have regular online contact with teachers, but we already knew that, too.
Presumably the government has spoken to the IT industry by now though. In January neither BT nor Microsoft seemed to have much of a clue what was going on. ®
Well it sound like brown is at it again. and this is another lift out from the KRudd labor party campaign in Australia well it worked for him but still no delivery on the computers it etc etc And we also see he is using the same KRudd "Working Families' he would not know one if he fell over them but just leave him there and there wont be any working families they will all be on the dole.
what do I think of prime minister KRudd from Australia and Prime minister Brown from uk
KRudd and brown they have a lot in common. Say anything to get in to power perhaps their names should have given us a clue. one is the other no matter how you look at it.
Just so long as the little dears accept Phorm into their lives.
Gawd's sake, why all the moaning?
I'll bet there are some here who in vilifying Gordon Brown see it as a way of ensuring the return of the Conservatives to government.
New Labour has long embraced Tory values and Mr Brown, more so than most (not least the recent decision to let the markets dictate who dies and who lives if there's a long cold winter.)
As to the reason why it's taken so long for this computer initiative to be finalised, there have been some contractual problems re Brown's career after he has finished leading Labour into a bigger massacre than Custer ever managed.
All, however, is now resolved, as he has now been able to assure his new employer that he can indeed add a great deal of value to its business.
Hence, umpteen £millionsworth of computers purchased with taxpayers' money.
Hence, Mr Brown's appointment as CEO of eBay UK.