So it seems that Gordon Brown will unveil an internet connection programme that will apply in England but not in the rest of the UK?
Is this part of the plan to get the UK higher up the world broadband league table where the UK sits 13th?
But its strange that this programme will take place only in England. Not Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland.
Because England leads the UK in broadband takeup!
So because the UK Government is refusing to give Barnett consequentials to Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, the rest of the UK misses out.
Don’t get me wrong. I’d much rather Barnett was scrapped and Scotland had full fiscal responsibility instead (I’m sure the Northern Irish and Welsh have their own ideas) – but while we’ve got the system, it should be seen to be operating.
Otherwise it can only fuel Plaid Cymru and the SNP in their bid for independent nations.
So the nation with the highest broadband takeup in the UK gets all the money, and the rest of us gets nothing! Wasn’t Barnett supposedly based on need?
Broadband takeup in Glasgow is 32%. I have already posted a blog comparing Glasgow’s internet reach with the Glasgow circulation of the Daily Record and found the newspaper is marginally ahead of those that read news on the internet.
What that means of course is that more people get exposed to the Daily Record’s Labour propaganda than get their news from the internet.
Indeed the whole Internet Connection Programme can be seen as politically motivated in Labour’s interest. It keeps Labour strongholds like Wales and Scotland’s public free of any dissenting Labour voice and also in England promotes freedom of expression where Labour is weak and also tries to quell any demand for an English Parliament at the same time.
Of course, some Labour bloggers may find this a good idea, given they say a leaning on the internet of nationalist blogs in Scotland.
They fail to realise that its precisely because the public have little newspaper or media support backing their aspirations of independence, that they have had to take to the internet to try and get their views heard! Again, that’s something I have blogged about before.
Incidentally, this blog has just had over 25 000 page views since I started at the end of May. (Thanks to everyone that reads!)
I think that’s not bad, since I still don’t know what I’m doing!
Thanks to Gordon Brown’s ‘not Scotland’ policy, I guess all the Scottish bloggers will be disappointed that the Scottish internet take-up will remain stagnant. (The same goes for Wales and Northern Ireland.)
Another Union dividend.