Feeds

Clegg's taking away Your Freedom

Don't tell Mel Gibson

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

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. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.