Seems the Tories have discovered crowdsourcing – a little late. Shadow culture minister Hunt says,
“It is crazy that [policies] have gone wrong when you’ve got lots and lots of, for example, retired health professionals, retired policemen, people in the teaching profession, who have huge knowledge and expertise…
“Is there a way that we can use the internet … to try and avoid some of these howlers so a future Conservative government can not just have good policy ideas but execute policy in a much more considered and thought-through way?”
Of course there’s a way of bringing people into the conversation, Mr Hill, and Lib Dem Jenny Willot (bless) is willing to give the Tories advice for free. Well, almost free. She gets an obligatory snipe in at the end.
For the Liberal Democrats, Work and Pensions spokesperson Jenny Willott MP said: “This prize is clearly a publicity stunt and a total waste of taxpayers’ money.
“There are already a multitude of ways to communicate with large numbers of people online, from Facebook to discussion groups.
“Maybe the Tories are so out of touch they don’t know what’s out there, but they shouldn’t waste £1m of public money reinventing the wheel.”
Of course, crowdsourcing won’t solve the problem of Getting It Right unless you listen to the sources. So here’s hoping that a £1m investment means the Tories would value what their sources tell them.