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David Cameron’s plan to block porn sites is a stroke of genius

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 By Simon Davies

I’m going to swim against the flow here and admit that I rather like the UK Prime Minister’s idea of default blocking of access to porn sites. In fact, I think it’s a stroke of genius.

The plan, for those who haven’t yet heard about it, is to make access to porn dependent on adults making an active choice through their ISP to allow such viewing. If they don’t make the choice, the default will be porn filtering. Think of it like a TravelLodge in Missouri.

Hear me out. David Cameron’s government is committed to two parallel objectives: enabling Britain to be a leader in tech, and putting the nation in the centre of the world’s information economy.

David Cameron shows off his computer skills

David Cameron shows off his computer skills

This means making sure that children at the earliest age have an incentive to get into tech. And what better way to do this than to present a challenge to circumvent an ISP block. Brilliant. Even kids who had no interest in porn will now want to Beat the Block.

Better still, kids are instantly rewarded when they achieve their goal – and without any need for government subsidies or expensive award ceremonies.

Yes, I know some people say that taking such a moral stand is ironic, coming as it does from a political party with a history of undermining morality by hurting vulnerable people, crushing human rights, criminalising victimless actions and destroying fairness in the justice system, but what better way is there to highlight the importance of rights than taking them away. And all without the need for expensive education programmes or EU court cases.

I believe that children must be given a chance to prove themselves, and so too does the government. The idea that even the most creatively-challenged child can circumvent a system designed by grown-ups is a gift that will endlessly motivate.

What better way is there to highlight the importance of rights than taking them away

And think of the possibilities for information sharing – another laudable Cameron goal. As kids overcome the ISP blocks, more and more challenges will be thrown up by government, thus ensuring that young people get to network and share more information about how to defeat the system. What better way to build strong new communities with a shared vision. Awesome.

But here’s the true genius in this plan. The Conservatives of course came to power partly on a platform of protecting freedoms, but because of those interfering Liberal Democrats they haven’t yet had much of a chance to demonstrate this commitment.

Now let your imagination roam for a minute. Imagine in three years when every child is tech-savvy enough to bypass the ISP block and parents don’t give a damn any more and are just sick of receiving motivating letters about it from their local MP. Well, since the Daily Mail will still be harping on about the issue someone will come up with the brilliant idea of matching school records against he census and then plugging the results into the Police National Computer.

Of course 37 percent of the listening population will be scandalised. Labour won’t object because, well, it had thought of the idea first. The Lib Dems will complain but in the end they’ll be focused so much on Scottish independence that they won’t care, leaving the Tories with a clear run to show the country just how committed they are to freedoms.

Honestly, it’s like a perfect storm. And you thought it was just a stupid reactionary poo-trap.