Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

What To Do About The Census ?

I just caught the end of a story on the radio last night about the 2011 Census.

I must have been asleep when the list of questions was first published back in the autumn. Apparently this "questionnaire" runs to 32 pages, asks about your religion (only God knows what that's got to do with the government) your nationality, whether you're in a same-sex relationship, how your house is heated and, get this, the "address, the first name, last name, sex, date of birth, connection to the household or accommodation and usual address or country of usual residence if outside the UK" of every overnight visitor on census night on 27 March 2011.

The Conservatives, having (when in Opposition) talked a good game about the Census being too big and in need of being scaled back are now (in Government) muttering meekly about the expense having already been committed and it being too late to stop the juggernaut.

Which appears to leave us with a few decisions of our own to take. I'm really not sure if I can bring myself to claim to be a Jedi but there must be some pretty decent other potential answers out there.

I can't quite work out why there isn't more noise on the blogosphere about this; perhaps the talk of mass civil disobedience is still to come.

Incidentally, in these days when the government is supposed to be scaling back its Internet presence in order to cut costs, it's good to see, that more than half of the top 20 returns to a Google search for "Census 2011" reveals links to various (and different) government propaganda sites or web pages, including this one, excruciatingly named "My Census", which has the brass front to proclaim "This is your chance to make a difference." Give me strength.

UPDATE: Just found out that there are 54 bloody questions in this Census.
Dizzy's on the case.

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