For a long time, the people of Ireland have been complaining about the level of secrecy in government and big business.
They introduced the Freedom of Information Act, but that is a tedious way of gaining information, and you have to know exactly what you are looking for.
I am delighted therefore to see that there has been a change of heart.
Not only are the government and Big Business making information available, they are actually giving it away.
They started at the weekend, when our illustrious HSE [the Death Squad that runs our health service] gave away fifteen laptops containing information on people who have approached community welfare officers seeking assistance. I think that is very fair of them. It is only right that we should all know who is looking for assistance, and why.
Unfortunately, in a massive cock-up, on a scale which only the HSE can achieve, some twat had encrypted fourteen of the laptops, thus rendering the information useless. There are rumours abounding that they are about to make the encryption keys available, to rectify this mistake.
Yesterday, Bord Gáis showed the HSE how it should be done.
They released a laptop containing 75,000 customers’ banking details, and being far more efficient, they left the laptop unencrypted.
Again, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive and there is a strong possibility that the ESB in a counter-strike is going to publish all their customers banking details in the national papers.
In times of recession it is only right that we should have the freedom to spend. It is, in fact our civic duty to spend as much as possible in order to get the economy back on its feet. To this end, these account details are being circulated in order that we have sufficient funds to boost trade.
Maybe they are not as stupid as I thought?