4th April 2013 15:37 by Andrew Norton
Andrew Norton - Pirate Party Member
The current furore over the Work and Pensions Minister, Ian Duncan Smith, is highlighting not just the glibness of modern politicians when speaking to the media, but also that much of the media is focused on partisan bickering rather than on the reporting of news. There are two main aspects to this story. The first is the promise made by Ian Duncan Smith, and the second is the response to it.
So let's start with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Earlier this week he said he could live on £53 a week, in response to one man's complaint of the Governments cuts. 'If I had to I would' he said on BBC Radio 4. This was swiftly followed by calls to put his money where his mouth is, or, perhaps more accurately, try to feed his mouth with the money he offers.
3rd April 2013 01:24 by Loz Kaye
Loz Kaye - Party Leader
There is a joke from where I come from: A man is out lost wandering on Dartmoor desperately trying to get home. Eventually he comes across a farm. He asks the farmer “how do you get to Plymouth from here?” The farmer replies “I wouldn't start from here if I were you.”
I didn't say it was a good joke. But it is good advice for rethinking the Internet.
All too often the future of the Internet has been framed as how to serve outmoded business models, clamping down on sharing of information for a whole host of reasons, and who will be key industry players. If you will forgive me for conflating the net and the web, as is in fact the reality now, we shouldn't start from here. Because the web didn't start from here.