A copy of the comment I left on the slides to Cabinet Office / Government Digital Service’s recent ‘SPRINT 13′ conference, Workshop 2 on “Electoral Registration Transformation”:
Please provide a human-readable transcript!
The following is just gobbledegook, e.g. ‘5. Electoral Registration after 2014 Each person Choice of digital Electoral Names Citizens registers and non digital Registration Officer added to exercise individually and routes during must verify name, electoral right to voteprovide identifying transition DOB, National register, held information to (barriers to Insurance Number locally.enable verification digital channels with DWP using IER of entitlement to removed). Digital Service. register. Adoption of ID Assurance when market developed’
With regard to Slide 5: I note the (convenient?) omission of the Query engine that will effectively federate the locally-held electoral registers – conveniently cross-matched with the NINO – that makes this *whole scheme* a direct analogue of the Home Office’s ID scheme, and Treasury’s ‘Citizen Information Project’ before that.
To call this a mere ‘electoral registration transformation’ misses the point. (Deliberate myopia or paranoid political PR?) Anyone smart enough to engineer a system like this should know that – or they shouldn’t be building population-scale systems at all. And you people aren’t stupid.
The Coalition may have scrapped the Home Office ID scheme; with this programme, Cabinet Office is bringing it back.
And in the process it is perverting some of the very principles of our democratic ‘contract’. Compelling or coercing people to vote is one thing; coercing people to *register* to vote is about building a register, not about widening participation or preventing fraud. (Fraud which in large part was exacerbated by ‘innovation’ with postal votes.)
(Slideshare’s comment system doesn’t appear to respect line breaks, so I thought I’d put a more legible copy here.)
Published on 20th December 2012, the list of Permanent Secretaries’ objectives unfortunately omits to name the Department for which each person is Permanent Secretary. (Indicative of a Whitehall mindset where such knowledge is assumed, or of the extraordinary level of turnover of ‘Permanent’ Secretaries since 2010?)
The following edited list provides this and other information:
- Head of Civil Service & Permanent Secretary, Department of Communities & Local Government | Bob Kerslake objectives 2012-13 | Bio on Wikipedia | @SirBobKerslake
- Cabinet Secretary (Cabinet Office) | Jeremy Heywood objectives 2012-13 | Bio on Wikipedia
- First Parliamentary Counsel & Permanent Secretary (temp), Cabinet Office | Richard Heaton objectives 2012-13 | Resume on LinkedIn
- Permanent Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office | Simon Fraser objectives 2012-13 | Bio on Wikipedia
- Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence | Jon Thompson objectives 2012-13 | Bio on GOV.UK
- Permanent Secretary, Department of Work & Pensions | Robert Devereux objectives 2012-13 | Resume on LinkedIn
- Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice | Ursula Brennan objectives 2012-13 | Bio on Wikipedia
- Director for Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service | Keir Starmer objectives 2012-13 | Bio on Wikipedia
- Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury | Nick Macpherson objectives 2012-13 | Bio on Wikipedia
- Permanent Secretary, Department for Education | Chris Wormald objectives 2012-13 | Bio on DfE
- Permanent Secretary, Department of Health | Una O’Brien objectives 2012-13 | Bio on DH
- Chief Executive, National Health Service | David Nicholson objectives 2012-13 | Bio on Wikipedia
- Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs | Bronwyn Hill objectives 2012-13 | Defra bio on appointment
- Permanent Secretary, Department for International Development | Mark Lowcock objectives 2012-13 | Bio on DFID | @DFID_Mark
- Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport | Philip Rutnam objectives 2012-13 | Bio on GOV.UK
- Chief Executive, HM Revenue & Customs | Lin Homer objectives 2012-13 | Bio on Wikipedia
- Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture Media & Sport | Jonathan Stephens objectives 2012-13 | Bio on Wikipedia | @JStephensDCMS
- Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills | Martin Donnelly objectives 2012-13 | Bio on Wikipedia
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