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It’s Rather More Worrying If It’s Not Cut And Paste



It’s possible to explain why technocratic government doesn’t work very well. Because the technocrats aren’t very good at tech:

The EU-UK Brexit deal refers to defunct decades-old computer software such as Netscape Communicator as “modern”, raising suspicions that some of the text may have been copied and pasted in.

Online commenters gleefully shared the observation that page 921 of the painfully birthed trade agreement refers to Netscape Communicator – released in June 1997 – and Mozilla Mail as being “modern e-mail software packages”.

A section on encryption technology also gave rise to suspicions that officials simply pasted large chunks of text from previous documents into the deal, which has been lauded by its backers as the beginning of a new chapter in relationship between the UK and the EU.

Now there is that possibility that this is just a cit and paste but of course those Olympian technocrats who rule our lives could never be guilty of just a mistake. It has to be a clustershag, not just an error. So we are left with the certainty that they do in fact believe that these are modern online tools.

The thing being this isn’t, in fact, all that unusual, that those omniscient technocrats be a decade or three out of date.

For example, all the planning about climate change still works on the assumption that the RCP 8.5 scenario is the one that is going to play out. And yet we know, and have known for over a decade, that that’s simply not the one that is going to happen. It relied upon us running out of conventional oil and gas and so turning back to coal. That’s the central assumption. Not only didn’t we not run out we turned to unconventional oil and gas – fracking – and not back to coal. The more extreme predictions about climate change are therefore simply wrong. Yet all are still planning upon them.

Or equally that circular economy stuff because we’re running out of metals. We’re not. We know we’re not. But the planning still assumes we are.

And so on and on right through that system that would rule our lives in detail. They’re always a couple of decades behind the curve. Precisely because the groupthink among the technocrats is just that, the groupthink. Something which takes a couple of decades to gel and is therefore always a couple of decades out of date.

Hell, they think inequality is increasing – it ain’t.

Pissing about with Netscape is the least of it…..



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in British English
expunct (ɪkˈspʌŋkt)
VERB (transitive)
1. to delete or erase; blot out; obliterate
2. to wipe out or destroy

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