Remember, remember

The recent pitiful release of Home Office yoof shilling site My Life My Id came to few people's attention---why should it, being a pointless exercise in "consultation"?---but those who did spot it were mostly No2ID aficionados. They moved in rather swiftly, and the "recent posts to the forums" on the front page quickly vanished, as forum post after forum post was desperately moved (for which read: brushed under the proverbial carpet) into a "miscellaneous" forum.

Being a geek, though, I was most surprised to spot that they were using Drupal; in fact, they're on the mostly patched Drupal 5.7 version at the time of writing. This piqued my interest further, and I emailed No2ID to mention that I'd been reminded to join them---which I ought to have done years ago---by the very people whose perniciousness they were trying to militate against.

At the same time, I remembered from OpenTech that No2ID had begun a recruiting drive, and I was sure that Simon had blogged about it but couldn't at the time find the post. I actually asked Guy Herbert at No2ID about this, and rather politely he explained that, no, it wasn't them: it was the Open Rights Group. He refrained from adding "you buffoon." But now, thanks to, I'm a member of both No2ID and ORG, two organisations I should have joined long ago.

In all its years of oppression, subjugation, scaremongering and offences against the person, the Home Office has never spread so much love. Thanks, Home Office: you're a pal!


Edit: just as I pressed "publish", Radio 2 started playing The Clash's Guns of Brixton.

He he, that's so sweet.

Becky Hogge was on this morning's Today programme (just after 8a.m.) on BBC Radio 4, responding on the spot to new government plans on unlawful filesharing of music. You certainly get your money's worth with Open Rights Group!

Yeah, they're really impressive. First they learn the system; then they use the system; then they've won.

It's a different tack from that of most politicoes, who can adapt to a whole range of situations but aren't ever completely sure-footed. The ORG therefore goes down well with the civil service and select committees, who find them a breath of clear, fresh air.