Thursday, August 23, 2007

So much for transformational government

Apologies for the lack of updates today, am exceptionally busy at work, however, I wanted to draw people's attention to YabGW.That stands for Yet another bloody Government Website if you were wondering. Apparently, according to Red Dawn Primarolo a new "web tool" has been launched today called the Health Inequalities Intervention Tool, which will "improve life expectancy in disadvantaged areas".

Yes that's right, not only does the web provide people in marketing with lots of made-up language so they can be pseudo-cultural philosophers, but it can extend the life of human beings too... especially if they're poor and you live in the right "Spearhead" area. So much for transformational government and the slashing of Government websites huh? I bet if someone asked some questions about how many new websites have appeared since the Government announced it was saving money by closing 551 the answer would be quite surprising.


kinglear said...
23 Aug 2007 15:38:00  

Flash and his minions only ever market and announce, or spin and set up a commission. They don't actually do anything. So in this case, they can point to the website, and say look, we are helping, when in fact they are doing precisely nothing

IanP said...
23 Aug 2007 17:08:00  

Health Inequalities Intervention Tool

Hmm, sounds like they are beginning the automating of the removal of kids from parents now, rather than have case workers decide.

Unixman said...
23 Aug 2007 19:15:00  

Oh jeez ... Dim Prawn of IR35 memory .... Anything she touches will be a disaster .... She is one of the (many) Nulab people that I cannot abide .....

astro-turf lawnmower said...
23 Aug 2007 19:40:00  

"high impact interventions that will help narrow the local gap quickly, based on real data... [e.g] reducing infant deaths"

This website is apparently aimed at "local NHS and local authority service planners", who until now apparently didn't realise that reducing infant deaths might be a good thing.

And there was me thinking my taxes were being wasted on spurious schemes...

Anonymous said...
23 Aug 2007 19:48:00  

You've posted by my counts four entries today and your apologising!

Most bloggers barely update once every day. The thing I like most about your blog is that you update it so regulaly. Stop apologising and keep up the good work

flashgordonnz said...
24 Aug 2007 02:05:00  

"We have set targets that need to be achieved by 2010, including a 10% reduction in the difference in life expectancy at birth between the fifth of areas with the worst health and deprivation and England as a whole."

Reduction in differencE! FFS, that could mean reducing the life expectancy in the non-worst areas will result in the target being achieved. is a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à.r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to