Nanny betrayed her frustration with the internet by allowing one of her acolytes, Matthew Taylor (outgoing chief strategy adviser), to speak out at an e-democracy conference in London last week.
Nanny is of the firm belief that the internet is fuelling a "crisis" in the relationship between politicians and voters, and that it is all too often used to encourage a "shrill discourse of demands".
Nanny/Taylor is of the view that the net is being used by people merely to abuse politicians, and to make "incommensurate" demands on them. This makes it increasingly difficult for governments to govern.
"We have a citizenry which can be caricatured as being
increasingly unwilling to be governed but not yet capable of self-government."
It seems that we regard all politicians as corrupt or "mendacious"!
Remember folks these are the same guys who sold peerages, who invaded Iraq on a false pretext, who have failed to install a decent IT system into the NHS, who have screwed up the budget on the 21012 Olympics etc etc.
Maybe the internet community does actually have something to complain about?
The trouble with Nanny is that she doesn't like to be criticised. Indeed politicians have, for centuries, had a dislike of being exposed for the corrupt venal individuals that many of them really are.
When printing presses were first used by pamphleteers centuries ago, the government tried to close them down.
The net is no different to the pamphlets of centuries ago. Yes, there is a large amount of crap on the net; however, that crap is more than outweighed by the quality and breadth of information/data now readily available to all.
As I state in my "Core Beliefs":
- The internet is one of mankind's greatest inventions, it offers a portal into an unrestricted, uncensored world that transcends national boundaries; where everyone can express and exchange ideas, experiences, hopes, fears and desires.
- Mankind only betters itself, and evolves, when ideas and conventions that represent the status quo are openly challenged. Even if the challenges are proven to be false and misleading, the very act of making one take a fresh look at oneself stimulates and freshens the mind.
"What is the big breakthrough,
in terms of politics,
on the web in the last few years?
It's basically blogs which are, generally speaking,
hostile and, generally speaking,
basically see their job as every day exposing how venal,
stupid, mendacious politicians are".
The solution, Mr Taylor, is for Nanny to start improving her act; then maybe she would find herself facing less criticism.
Politicians long for secrecy, and the ability to hide their mistakes and corruption from prying eyes; they are, in effect, creatures of the night.
The only way for a society to advance and improve itself is for every rock to be kicked over, and every dark dingy place to have a bright light focused on it so that the unpleasant nasty little creatures that inhabit that twilight world are exposed for all to see.
That is the way to improve society, not Nanny's preferred "easy" option of letting these little creatures hide themselves away in the dark.