While Francis Maude has been busily rounding up government websites for the chop in order to save money, the government has been active in creating new ones to replace them.Â Best of the bunch, just for the sheer entertainment value, has to be yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk.
If the site is a bit much then somebody has very helpfully set up a site to capture the best nuggets from it at http://yourfreedumb.tumblr.com/ which is already one of my favourite sites for a bit of daily diversion, right up there with Angry People in Local Newspapers.The home page of the new government site says:
The Coalition Government is committed to restoring and defending your freedom â€“ and we’re asking you to participate.
What could possibly go wrong?
I think The Register summed it up nicely when they described the new site as “a lunatic magnet“.Â It really does seem to be designed to reach out to those people who normally inhabit Have Your Say, the Daily Mail Online’s comments and various local bulletin board-based forums up and down the country.
I don’t know how much it all cost, though I am sure Tom Watson will have a FoI request in to find out by now, but having looked at the site it is money well spent however much it is because it is keeping a lot of dangerous people off the streets.