Nepotism is not dead just blind – UPDATED

Is there no end
to the Nepotism displayed by the NuLab money grabbers. Following the scandal of
the ongoing Cash for Peerages enquiry, the Golden Arrow lobby debacle and the
Blunkett involvement in the
DNA testing company scandal, which led directly to the financial ruin of DNA Bioscience,
we now find that David Blunkett is acting as an advisor to the company that
wants to run the UK ID card scheme. 

As reported in
the Observer,
The former Home Secretary took up the post for the Texas-based security firm
Entrust, which specialises in securing digital information and combating
identity theft, earlier this month. The firm already provides software for the
Spanish national ID card system and has formally registered an interest in the
British project.

Blunkett is bound
by a two-year ban on lobbying British ministers and officials from the date he
resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary in November 2005. That does not expire
until this November. His spokeswoman insisted yesterday that he would not be
working in
Britain for the company and would only advise on
overseas work. 

The post as chair
of Entrust's international advisory committee is declared in Blunkett's latest
entry for the Commons register of members' interests. A spokeswoman for the
Advisory Committee on Business Appointments said it had also been notified and
that it approved, subject to the two-year moratorium on lobbying in

So no doubt
Blunkett will now be working closely with unelected European Comissioner
Peter Mandelson and European Minister Geoff Hoon when he is working on European
Council business. 

Andrew Pinder,
Senior Vice President, EMEA & Global Government Sales Strategy for
Entrust (Europe) Ltd, whose role is to lead our global government efforts on
projects such as the move to e-passports, national ID cards and
securing citizen identities and information.

Between October 2000 and August 2004,
Andrew was the
UK's E-Envoy, responsible directly to the
Prime Minister for co-ordinating the development of the knowledge economy in

Andrew is also a non executive director of
United Utilities plc, and Spring Group plc, an IT recruitment company and
President of Gov3, an ICT consulting company staffed by former members of the Office of the e-Envoy,

He is also Chairman of BECTA, the UK government agency that supplies IT to
schools, including the fingerprint equipment that is stealing the fingerprint ID’s of
hundreds of thousands of
UK children.

He was awarded the CBE in the 2004 new year's Honours list.



Well lets see. A report
published by Sirius Corporation following FOI revelations show that BECTA have
been unable to account for £200 million of the £300 million given to purchase
ICT for schools, all on Andrew Pinder’s watch.

Andrew Pinder has
also decided that BECTA is not going to allow schools to decide what they
believe is best for individual schools, not what is best for the children, but
wants to turn schools into an Industry. An Industry led by software,
controlled by BECTA and strangely Pinder is the Senior Vice President for a
major software supplier to government.

We can hear
Pinder here
at a seminar at the Oxford Internet Institute in 2006 where he describes how he
wants to turn education into an Industry.

The seminar is
headed: Andrew Pinder, Chairman of the British Educational Communications and
Technology Agency (Becta), discusses his vision of the future of e-learning.
What are the key challenges for building a technological and institutional
infrastructure for education in the 21st century?

So Pinder is
simultaneously responsible for a Software Vendor (Entrust), a Consultant to government
through his Gov3 consulting firm, and the head of the Procurement agency for
schools software. 


David Blunkett
should feel right at home with Entrust, scandal, illegal fingerprinting of
children in the UK, European child ID Card schemes and fingerprinting
from birth planned in secret, ID cards for all, European control.


Say NO to ID
cards, Say NO to the
Database State


About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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