In 1975 Margaret Thatcher said in her ‘Free Society’ speech to the Conservative Party Conference:
‘Some Socialists seem to believe that people should be numbers in a state computer. We believe they should be individuals. We are all unequal. No one, thank heavens, is like anyone else, however much the Socialists may pretend otherwise. We believe that everyone has the right to be unequal but to us every human being is equally important.’
Mr S could not help but recall these fine words after an email arrived from the Labour Party asking him to enter chunks of personal data into its website, such as his postcode and date of birth, in order to find out his ‘number’.
Since Labour created the NHS 66 years ago, croons the propaganda, it’s delivered 44m babies. The party is asking people to share on social media where on that list of 44 million they stand. Based on the data given, you can work out what ‘number’ you are, such as 15,108,518, or 34,654,232.
Or in other words, your number in the state computer.
While this is a neat little trick to harvest the all important voter data for 2015, it does rather prove the late great Lady’s omen…
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