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I had a brief exchange of pleasantries last night with Oliver Letwin in the men's room of the Marsham Court Hotel. One can't really cram a great deal of profound economic dialogue into such a small space, so it wasn't really worth trying. I had to remind myself that this was Bournemouth and not Thanet and change my delivery to suit the surroundings and the rare sight of me wearing a suit and tie and not a leather jacket and jeans.

This morning's conference breakfast on local eGovernment, sponsored by BT had all the right ingredients. Eggs and bacon, strong coffee and even stronger statements that electronic government should be more focused on agility and delivery and less focused on turning unwieldy paper-based systems into their online equivalent. This is a subject that I could go on about for hours but at least the Conservative Party now has a firm and I think sensible policy on eGovernment that it can follow-through in the run-up to the next election and it's up to the Conservative Technology Forum team to help build this into next year's election manifesto.


Left to right, BT's Mike Blackburn, Michael Fabricant (MP), the Shadow Minister for Technology, Conservative Technology Forum Vice Chairman Nick Wood-Dow and Councillor Paul Bettison, the national eGovernment champion.

Funnily enough and on a completely different subject, I just gave an interview to the local paper, the Thanet Gazette, on what I think of the new EUjet service from Manston. I wonder how it will read on Friday? Posted by Hello

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