I don't really have second sight - but for the second time in a month, a blog of mine has been overtaken by events just a couple of days after writing it,

I wrote about the way that Wales' own public sector network was transforming communications in the principality and wondered how long it would be before the rest of the UK was doing something similar when, lo, up pops Gordon Brown talking about superfast broadband and the digital divide. OK, it's not the same as the Welsh PSBA but it's yet another reminder of the importance of technology in the forthcoming election.

The trouble is that this is a government that has 13 years to deliver on a broadband vision but has patently failed to do. This government, the one that Brown talks about ensuring the provision of broadband services to all, is the very same one that that has kow-towed to music companies in implementing the Digital Economy Bill. Any government that talks glibly of cutting off people from the Internet services has forfeited all right to talk of the importance of digital services.

This government, the one that talks about creativity, is the same government that has kow-towed to proprietary software companies instead of opting for smaller,nimbler and cheaper open-source alternatives. Any government that happily allows costs to mount and makes little attempt to curb cumbersome and expensive software projects has forfeited the right to talk about creativity.

This government, the one that talks of scientific research, is the same government that has unleashed a series of cuts on universities, cuts that academics claim will damage research and quality of education.

True, the government did the right thing by freeing up some of the government data that it held but apart from that, its record over the past 13 years has been dreadful. Its failed to deliver on any strategic vision, and its record on IT management - from the debacle of the NHS IT programme, to its loss of personal records from HMRC - has been shocking.

Gordon Brown is absolutely right to call the performance of the digital economy to be crucial to the long-term future but as he leads a government whose every instinct is to stifle invention and creativity, listening to him talk of its importance is rather like listening to lectures on accountancy from Jeffrey Skilling or guidance on personal integrity from Jeffrey Archer. Yes, we the future prosperity of the UK will certainly depend on advanced digital services but it's not going to be a Labour government that will deliver them.



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