The Big Debate
Mike Simons asks the main political parties how IT figures in their plans for the next four years and what we can expect them to do in return for our votes

The run up to the General Election on 7 June has already produced heated discussions of the usual election topics. Yet apart from Internet security scare stories, little has been made of the mainstream political parties' policies on IT. asked Conservative leader William Hague, Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy and Labour e-commerce minister Patricia Hewitt for their parties' manifesto commitments regarding five of today's most pressing IT issues.

Does the IT skills shortage threaten UKplc and if so, what are you going to do about it?

Are bureaucracy and red tape strangling the UK IT industry?

Should the e-envoy be primarily an evangelist for e-business, or should he be Government focused? Can he do both satisfactorily?

What sort of legacy will this Government leave? What are its successes and failures?

Tony Blair promises to make the UK the best place in the world for e-commerce. Is he succeeding?

Let us know if the politicians have got it right. Help construct the definitive manifesto for the IT industry by taking part in our Make Your Vote Count online questionnaire on the home page.

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This was first published in May 2001


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