It's the Peer 2.0: Martha Lane Fox now a crossbench baroness
Arise, Baroness Dotcom. Fancy some peer-to-peer networking?
"Dotcom dinosaur" and Whitehall's digerati darling Martha Lane Fox CBE has been made a crossbench peer in the House of Lords.
The freshly entitled Baroness of Soho*, who is the face of the Cabinet Office's "digital by default" agenda, naturally took to Twitter to announce the news.
Her non-party political peerage followed recommendations by the House of Lords Appointments Commission, which is an advisory body set up by the Prime Minister.
MLF co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, just before the Web 2.0 boom, and has been the government's digi champion since 2009.
She chairs the charity Go On UK, which supports the Tory-led coalition's agenda to get more of the population online so as it can deliver many more public services over the internet rather than deal with people face-to-face.
However, as we reported last week, government figures issued by the Office for National Statistics showed that more than seven-million Brits haven't used the internet; the vast majority of them are disabled, elderly or poor.
It's argued that the government's pursuit to change those web usage stats is a vanity exercise for poshos bent on helping those who live on what MLF once described as "horrible council estates".
She once also patronisingly claimed: "I don't think you can be a proper citizen in our society in the future if you're not online."
Let's pity those seven-million Brits, then. ®
* After this article was published, Baroness Lane-Fox admitted she probably shouldn't have mentioned the Soho bit just yet.
It shows what a pathetically self centered perspective on life she has, like many others on el reg I have grand parents and great grandparents who fought in ww1&2, who is the disrespectful little shit to say they aren't proper citizens if they don't use the internet? What has she contributed to society? A website for booking flights and a karaoke bar? Well excuse me! Somebody needs to use some silicone sealand on the lords chamber and leave the taps on.
As for horrible council estates, I wonder if there are any stereotypes about her alma mater Oxford we could employ here?
"I don't think you can be a proper citizen in our society in the future if you're not online."
I don't think you can have a proper society if it is all online.
I don't think you can be a proper Peer without patronizingly partitioning the plebes from the proper people.