While the government is usually lambasted for its shoddy approach to IT there are a few who remain voices of sanity in a world of confusion, and Labour MP Tom Watson is one of those.
He was one of the few MPs to seemingly grasp the horrors of the Digital Economy Act (DEA) before it was passed, and one of those brave enough to stand against the party whip and vote against the DEA in the wash-up, to little avail though.
So it is with interest to note that he has now stepped down from his role in the shadow cabinet due to his desire to have the ability to speak more openly on matters around technology, notably surveillance issues and the digital economy, free from the demands of a front bench role, as he outlined in a letter to Labour leader Ed Miliband.
“I wish to use the backbenches to speak out in areas of personal interest: open government and the surveillance state, the digital economy, drones and the future of conflict, the child abuse inquiries, the aftermath of the Murdoch scandal and grass roots responses to austerity,” he wrote.
How this will manifest itself in the coming months remains to be seen but it will certainly be welcome to hear more thoughts from Watson on such issues, especially if he remains as level-headed as in the past to the impact technology is having on society, while his fellow MPs apparently lose their heads with all kinds of mad ideas.
Watson also had some words of wisdom for Miliband when it comes to matters of music:
“John Humphrys asked me why you were not at Glastonbury this weekend. I said Labour leaders can’t be seen standing in muddy fields listening to bands. And then I thought how terribly sad that this is true. So: be that great Labour leader that you can be, but try to have a real life too. And if you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge.”
There’s no real technology angle to that, but it’s just nice to see that a politician not only has a taste in a music, but a personality too.
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