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Last week, the UK government announced an end to 'vanity websites in Government', calling for 600 government websites to be closed down, and 50% budget cuts for those which remain. Six days later, the government launches PR exercise website http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk

Also recently launched was Your Freedumb to enable citizens easily see some of the more 'interesting' suggestions on Your Freedom. For example, repeal the Second Law of Thermodynamics, abolish Facebook and Twitter sites and repeal Sod's Law.
posted by i_cola (28 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
I would cast a vote for 3 of the exclamation points and 2 of the question marks of the "abolish Facebook and Twitter sites" proposal.
posted by DU at 6:37 AM on July 2, 2010


Oh and the entirety of the repeal of the 2nd Law. End the Kelvin-Planck hegemony!
posted by DU at 6:38 AM on July 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


"Long time voter, first time legislator"
posted by vbfg at 6:43 AM on July 2, 2010 [4 favorites]


Haven't these people heard of URL forwarding?
posted by ao4047 at 6:44 AM on July 2, 2010


Didn't the Republicans do this the other day as well? (And on both, as always, reforming drugs policy comes near the top of the pile and, as always, this will be completely ignored.)
posted by ninebelow at 6:49 AM on July 2, 2010


KNEEL BEFORE SOD!
posted by komara at 6:53 AM on July 2, 2010


Repeal the 2nd law! Chaos would not ensue...
posted by gallagho at 6:54 AM on July 2, 2010


This is pure Python.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 6:57 AM on July 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


ninebelow: "Didn't the Republicans do this the other day as well? (And on both, as always, reforming drugs policy comes near the top of the pile and, as always, this will be completely ignored.)"

The GOP one also looks like it was done in crayon
posted by MrLint at 6:58 AM on July 2, 2010


So Sod is another incarnation of Murphy?
posted by Splunge at 7:05 AM on July 2, 2010


Oh and the entirety of the repeal of the 2nd Law. End the Kelvin-Planck hegemony!

They failed to see the real problem with the 2nd Law: performing work increases the total disorder of the universe. How can we expect to get out of the recession with this in place... and think of the children: is that the right attitude to grow up with? "Sorry Ma, can't clean up my room, heat death you see."
posted by ennui.bz at 7:22 AM on July 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Whoa, I haven't seen or heard the hyper-derogatory term ‘belm’ used since the mid-80s. But then, this site was inspired by b3ta, so depth neither expected nor required.
posted by scruss at 8:08 AM on July 2, 2010


So Sod is another incarnation of Murphy?

That's a good question. Growing up in the UK I always thought "Murphy" was the polite euphemism. Wiki suggests Sod's Law is older, but alas, no references.
posted by Leon at 8:23 AM on July 2, 2010


I'm surprised that we in the U.S. have a home page but looks like a generic parking page.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 8:28 AM on July 2, 2010


End the School Run Traffic Chaos Nightmare!...."caused by inconsiderate parents taking their children to school by car. Parking wardens should patrol local streets during such times and parents leaving unattended cars inconsiderately should face hefty fines, in extreme cases removal of the vehicle if causing an obstruction".
posted by Infinite Jest at 8:33 AM on July 2, 2010


This is why we can't have nice laws.
posted by Phanx at 8:34 AM on July 2, 2010


What's interesting is that even though the Great British People are supposedly sick to the back teeth of Big Government, half of the posts are actually proposing new laws, even though they've been specifically asked about abolishing existing ones.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 8:49 AM on July 2, 2010


I like the call to make cannabis available in pharmacies.

'MOST OF THE DRUGS ARE SOLD BY ASIANS IN THE UK'

Yes, but most of the drugs are dispensed by Asians in the UK.
posted by mippy at 8:57 AM on July 2, 2010


Stop cold calling at my front door by anyone
posted by Infinite Jest at 9:14 AM on July 2, 2010


(By which I'm not agreeing with the stereotyping - just confused by it)
posted by mippy at 9:14 AM on July 2, 2010


What's interesting is that even though the Great British People are supposedly sick to the back teeth of Big Government, half of the posts are actually proposing new laws, even though they've been specifically asked about abolishing existing ones.

"a terrible, pervasive fear that someone, somewhere, is having fun." applies to the British in spades. Or "is getting something I'm not" might be closer.

If I can add laws, I want a combined critical thinking/basic technical competency test before you're allowed to perform HTTP POSTs.
posted by Leon at 9:17 AM on July 2, 2010


I love the legalize cannabis one, where the poster apparently is so focused on pot the whole time that he forgets to actually mention that that's what he wants to legalize.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 9:53 AM on July 2, 2010


That is genius.

The Con Dems idea is pure pandering to the Daily Mail etc (just like re-assessing people for disability benefits is). & they know this, which is why the official site has no power, it is just to solicit suggestions (which can later be ignored).
posted by DanCall at 10:01 AM on July 2, 2010


What's interesting is that even though the Great British People are supposedly sick to the back teeth of Big Government....

No, we were just sick of the big government we had.
posted by emilyw at 10:29 AM on July 2, 2010


Finally, a place for me to complain about my neighbour parking his car in front of my drive. Big government is listening, thank you ConDems.
posted by shinybaum at 10:35 AM on July 2, 2010


That,s great, I wish I could trim 600 from my website.
posted by furtive at 3:03 PM on July 2, 2010


RobotVoodooPower wrote: "I'm surprised that we in the U.S. have a home page but looks like a generic parking page."

What idiots. It should have been www.gov.
posted by wierdo at 9:38 PM on July 2, 2010


He has removed the line:

"What laws do the great unwashed want repealed"

which was at the top of the page before the discussion on b3ta, as evidenced in one of the comments there.

crass website is crass.
posted by marienbad at 4:52 AM on July 3, 2010


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