Another intrusive database

Tony Blair keeps trying to out-do Bush in governmental monitoring of citizens. He may have succeeded this time. From BlairWatch.

The Government now wants to track all 12 million children in England and Wales in a new database due to become operational in two years and expected to cost £224 million. The idea of this scheme is the surveillance of all children from birth and will include information on whether or not they eat the required five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

I thought that must be satire. It’s not. The British government really does want to know if children are eating their veggies, as well asking personal, subjective questions about the mental health of the parents, and much more.

With the Government’s less than brilliant record with computer systems, I wonder how long it will be before this latest intrusive project goes expensively pear-shaped.

Ah, someone will certainly be getting rich off this doomed Orwellian project, now won’t they?

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