The wrong sort of socialism

The UK Government has launched a new website to provide information about IT security. This suggests a somewhat strange idea of what Government is for. The private sector does this sort of thing pretty well – there are lots of websites providing useful and free information about viruses, and there are tools, both free and paid-for, to help you remove viruses if you have a problem. I’ve got nothing against socialist governments: but why can’t we have the kind of socialist government that believes in not locking people up without trial, raising taxes to improve public services, and not going to war unnecessarily and without the backing of the United Nations, instead of the sort that believes in spending taxpayers’ money unnecessarily on doing things that are done perfectly well by the private sector?

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