Re: Mcr MS IT schools provision -- [Fwd: Re: [OSA-Members] ZDnet frontpage]
Iain Roberts <iain@...
2007-10-12 20:01:16 GMT
As far as policy goes, I don't think any of the main parties (except for the Greens, if you count them as a main
party) have a specific policy on FLOSS.
- For the Tories, George Osborne (Shadow Chancellor and MP for Tatton) has an interest in Open Source, has
contacts in the FLOSS community and has made some positive noises:
- The Lib Dems again have no official policy, but senior Lib Dems have met with FLOSS advocates and Lib Dem
Southport MP John Pugh has been active in promoting FLOSS:
- Labour, at least at a senior party level, have shown no interest in FLOSS than I've been able to find, though
I'd love to track down someone who was interested. The Government have made some very vague noises and
policy statements about FLOSS over the last few years but they amount to very little.
e.g. http://www.govtalk.gov.uk/documents/oss_policy_version2.pdf sounds good but has proven to
Dr. Brian Iddon is a Bolton Labour MP who's shown some sympathy towards FLOSS.
Last year we wrote an Early Day Motion (a petition only MPs can sign) which was submitted by John Pugh MP and
signed by 130 MPs. The petition read
"That this House congratulates the Open University and other schools, colleges and universities for
utilising free and open source software to deliver cost-effective educational benefit not just for
their own institutions but also the wider community; and expresses concern that Becta and the Department
for Education and Skills, through the use of outdated purchasing frameworks, are effectively denying
schools the option of benefiting from both free and open source software and the value and experience
small and medium ICT companies could bring to the schools market."
It might be worth seeing if your MP was one of the signatories:
----- "Paul Waring" <paul@...> wrote:
> Noah Slater wrote:
> > Perhaps we could all contact the counillor for our area (me
> > as I'm not a resident) and someone should formally contact
> > Manchester's MP as a representative of our organisation.
> Manchester has lots of MPs (depending on how you define 'Manchester',
> but I can name five or six off the top of my head), and most will want
> you to be a constituent in their area in order to reply to
> I don't think any of the major parties have a particular policy on
> source (Tories might like it because it offers a cut to budgets
> and I bet they all use Windows in their HQs, but as it's not a big
> manifesto issue each MP can probably make up their own mind about
> stance without feeling party pressure, so it may be easier to convince
> them that open source is a good way forward.
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