In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Andy Burnham says he believes that new standards of decency need to be applied to the web. He is planning to negotiate with Barack Obama’s incoming American administration to draw up new international rules for English language websites.
The Cabinet minister describes the internet as “quite a dangerous place” and says he wants internet-service providers (ISPs) to offer parents “child-safe” web services.
Giving film-style ratings to individual websites is one of the options being considered, he confirms. When asked directly whether age ratings could be introduced, Mr Burnham replies: “Yes, that would be an option. This is an area that is really now coming into full focus.”
ISPs, such as BT, Tiscali, AOL or Sky could also be forced to offer internet services where the only websites accessible are those deemed suitable for children.
Uhm, how the hell do you plan to police several billion webpages? Why the hell do you think you have the RIGHT to police private webpages? Does this mean if I run a personal webserver I have to submit it to Labour to get it AUTHORISED?! You can fuck right off.
"If you look back at the people who created the internet they talked very deliberately about creating a space that Governments couldn’t reach."
Yes, and stunts like this are exactly why. The internet is a medium you cannot directly manipulate like TV and the papers, and it scares the shit out of you, doesn't it?
"Leaving your child for two hours completely unregulated on the internet is not something you can do."
You're right, it isn't! Know why? You should be doing some fucking PARENTING! But that doesn;t raise good little obedient sheep, does it?
This guy is an utter idiot and I hope he gets removed from a position of power as soon as possible. Nothing I admin is ever going to have a fucking retarded "Government Rating".