Clegg's taking away Your Freedom
Don't tell Mel Gibson
The coalition government's wiki-powered loony magnet - Your Freedom website - which aims to collect the internet's very finest ideas - is shutting tomorrow, or rather "entering the next stage".
Clegg, in a YouTube video watched by literally 150 people at the time of writing, said the first thing ministers would have seen when they returned to their desks this week would be ideas collected from the site.
Cleggy said 46,000 people had left 14,000 ideas on the site. He said this was "proof that when you give people a chance to be heard they grab it ... Whenever you get this kind of lively debate it is impossible that we all agree, but that's not the point - a real democracy is a competition of ideas..."
This site shuts tomorrow and ideas will be looked at. All will be taken seriously, Clegg said.
The video is here - let's see if we can tip its viewing figures over 300. Comments have been disabled on YouTube but feel free to leave your thoughts below.
Of course it easy to take the piss out of such a worthy idea. So we will.
One of today's favourites is from a 30-year-old who has paid his taxes since the age of 16. But, he says, "I made the mistake of having a sexual encounter with a woman for a matter of minutes, and i was told she fell pegnant." He is now being pursued by the CSA. It's not clear which freedom he wants back though.
Another poster demands: "ALL PEOPLES APPLYING FOR STATE BENEFITS.SHOULD HAVE MADE SOME COTRIBUTION TO THIS COUNTRY OF AT LEAST 4 YEARS .IN WORK HERE THATS ALL BENEFITS ."
Another points out that "non-poluting free energy could be harnessed from the Earth and from the vacuum of space". Apparently this was discovered by Nikola Tesla one hundred years ago but has been suppressed. We can only hope that Clegg and the coalition can seize the day. ®