Can we have this here?

Technology is marvelous, I think this is a real innovation that John KEy should be looking at:

It is Silva who has been designing an iPad app for Cameron that will give him a “management dashboard” on his touch-screen with which to govern the country. Well, a prime minister cannot live by Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja alone. The app – developed at a cost of £20,000 – will be up and running by the end of next month. Assuming the underlying algorithms and code work, the PM will then be able to see real-time data on government performance, polling, the markets, inflation statistics, what’s trending on Twitter, search patterns on Google – anything, in other words.

If Harold Macmillan governed the country from an armchair, in between reading paragraphs of Trollope, his fellow Tory centrist Cameron may soon be running the show using “Dave’s Dashboard”. But don’t for a minute dismiss this as a gimmick or a lame attempt to curry favour with the digital generation. The app is only the first manifestation of a No 10 plan to judge the success or failure of ministers with reference to performance-related data rather than the usual subjective criteria.

The explicit model is the “sabermetric” system of analysis, made famous by the book and movie, Moneyball, in which baseball players were selected by the Oakland A’s with reference to hard empirical data rather than the scouts’ visceral judgment. Imagine the PM pulling out a ream of bar-charts and computer printouts at a not-too-distant reshuffle, hiring and firing on the basis of stats and figures, rather than headlines and alliances. Ministers, you have been warned.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.