The Budget and the Wisdom of Crowds

So, here's an idea whose time may have come. When Gordon Brown's sock-puppet, Alistair 'Eyebrows' Darling, staggers to his feet tomorrow to deliver what is hopefully the last Labour budget ever, most of us will sit there with a glazed expression as a lot of lies, bullshit and obfuscation cascades over us.

But these guys (don't panic: the site won't be working until tomorrow) have a better idea: they're going to try to 'crowdsource' tomorrow's budget. Let everyone, experts and laymen, have their say.

They plan to get everyone involved, via the interweb, in what sad techies like to call 'real time'. To get as many eyes and brains onto the subject as possible, and to gather all the output, expert and foolish, biased and honest, in one place.

Tory Jeremy Hunt explains it all here. Yes, he's an eeevil Tory, and CF ain't necessarily into all that, but equally, who else has the cash (and/or the cojones) to try this?

It might all be hijacked by Bevanite Ellie and all the other tedious, teenage, nothing-better-to-do, I-once-met-John-Prescott Labour activists. Or it might be hacked out of existence, like the 'Cash Gordon' effort was.

On the other hand, it might work, and let us unpick Broon 'n' Darlin's filthy lies while the ink is still wet.

It might let us see through the fibs, and realise that the bribes are all smoke and mirrors.

Let's give it a go, eh?



manc_ill_kid said...

Wouldn't it be better if the website was up and running today, so we could prepare out twitter hashtags or Facebook updates or email addresses or blogposts or whatever its using?

Captain Haddock said...

I honestly believe that it won't make one iota of difference how many people howl for however long ..

We're all gonna be yet poorer by the end of tomorrow ..

Unless of course, you happen to be a Benefit layabout, a "traveller" .. or a bloody immigrant .. They won't lose-out, its guaranteed ..

Uncle Marvo said...

Thanks for the headsup. I'll be on it like a rash.

Thatsnews said...

Thanks. I'll link to your link on my blog.

JuliaM said...

"I honestly believe that it won't make one iota of difference how many people howl for however long ..

We're all gonna be yet poorer by the end of tomorrow .."

That's undoubtedly true....

Jill said...

I don't know why this idea annoys me - I love the Google Docs feed of Shadow Cabinet expenses - but it does.

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