Well done chaps!

In a bid to get the country’s youngsters on board the controversial scheme, the Home Office has launched MyLifeMyId.org, where 16 to 25 year olds “can have their say about identity issues in the UK.”

But anyone browsing the discussions on the site would be hard pushed to find a single positive comment, with contributors branding the controversial scheme as “creepy,” “dirty” and “illegal” and the website itself as an “online propaganda machine”.

One contributor writes: “I think it\’s pretty disingenuous of the government to come out and say “hey, yo, cool dudes! If you sign up for our hip hoppin\’ ID card scheme you\’ll never have to carry a heavy s*** passport to prove your age to some wack bartender again" or however it is they think we talk.” Meanwhile, amcs1983 had this to say: “So far the stats look like 100% say no to ID cards. Time to lose these results in a train station…..”

Another is equally censorious: “A Note to Jacqui Smith”, which contained the advice: “George Orwell never intended 1984 to be a manual for society. You’re a smart woman, I\’m sure you knew that but I thought you ought to be reminded.”

When the youth of today are so obviously sensible there\’s hope for this country yet, don\’t you think?

13 thoughts on “Well done chaps!”

  1. I’ll think you’ll find that it was the government’s yoof officer that was using the word ‘dude’.

    It’s only old farts like me that still use it in all seriousness, dude.

    Very heartening stuff, though. Well done to all.

  2. Actually, I use the word dude in conversation. I have no idea why, I just like it. I think the appeal might be ironic. It probably makes me look like an idiot but there’s enough evidence for that regardless.

    These youngsters seem smart and articulate. I am certain that there are a few that put responses such as:

    “Fail!”
    ” ID cards are pwned!”
    “Gay”

    Which I would find hilarious within the context of a government website.

  3. I tried to join but the website is totally fucked. (can I say that here?) It didn’t send me a confirmatory email (admittedly I’m a 35yr old anaesthetist in Australia but I lived in London for 6 months once and in any case I lied about all the demographics).

    Then the website keeps resolving to the wrong index page which I’m “not authorized to view”. Also the whole website is total shit. I once owned a similar-looking one myself as a placeholder for a week but the thought of actually presenting such amateur-hour stuff to the public is just embarrassing. I must say I previously thought this was like some Nazi plot but clearly the Home Office are just idiots.

  4. I liked this response to a posting from an “administrator”:

    Quote:
    Please be advised that we are enforcing a degree of civility on the debate, and would ask that you avoid terms such as lying.

    Ooh the delicious ironing…

    The idea behind Orwell’s ‘newspeak’ was that removing certain negative words from the language would prevent people from having negative or subversive thoughts. If you are going to take away the words ‘lying’, ‘liar’ etc then what is the preferred terminology that we should use in its place when we believe that someone is deliberately misrepresenting the truth?

    Or do you intend to purge this concept from our thoughts by removing from our vocabulary the words we use to describe it?

  5. I rushed over there to make sure that the opposition to ID cards was thoroughly documented.

    I needn’t have bothered. The admins on the board relentlessly try to keep the sunny side up and a positive spin on things, but “da yoof” aren’t having any of it, thanks!

    Gives one hope for the future, really.

  6. You’re a bit late on this one. I think the forum closes on 8th Oct for them to write the report. They claim the report will be publicly viewable, so keep an eye out for that. Might just be another lie.

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  8. “They claim the report will be publicly viewable, so keep an eye out for that. Might just be another lie.”

    Well, they’re pushing the ID Cards through anyway, so the report is really a waste of tree. Nonetheless, I predict that the conclusions will be ‘interesting’.

    “If the word ‘dude’ is still being used by the youth of today, there is every reason to be pessimistic about our future.”

    Chill out, man.

  9. If you are going to take away the words ‘lying’, ‘liar’ etc then what is the preferred terminology that we should use in its place when we believe that someone is deliberately misrepresenting the truth?

    Hmm…. perhaps suggest they are guilty of ‘terminological inexactitude’ or of being ‘economical with the truth’?

  10. Dear AMB, I am shocked that you would doubt our veracity!
    Best regards
    Ray (Admin, Researcher, Director, Virtual Surveys – the company running the mylifemyid research project)

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