We must do something. No matter how useless.Typical government in action. Read here about the plan to ban sex offenders' from social networking sites like Facebook and Bebo to prevent them contacting children.
In the typical way that these clowns work it must have taken thousands of consultancy man hours to come up with this. The reports probably said that it would be impossible to monitor and that the only way they would find out is if another child was approached or molested and at that point the ordinary protections in place now would be the best they could do. But as our government is a bit stuck for headlines that show them doing something and they don't listen to experts anyway, after all they know best they just push it through. On the plus side though we will need a new DB to manage it, a new department and the real work will be done by industry.
I can see it now. Scene a little townhouse in Westminster. Two registered sex offenders in front of a computer where they are looking at a login screen for facebook.
Kiddie Fiddler 1 - 'I just don't know what to do. I was just about to log on and risk 15 years in prison getting beaten up and screwed by big fat guys and then having to face my family again as a pervert but I can't because it asks for an EMail address and I've given the pigs mine already'
Kiddie Fiddler 2 - 'Just sign up for a free one with GMail or something'
Kiddie Fiddler 1 - 'Don't be stupid. I can't do that it's illegal. New law just came out. You think I would do something like that against the law?'
Kiddie Fiddler 2 - 'Sorry man. My bad. I should have thought of that myself. I know you are a honest and decent guy.'
Kiddie Fiddler 1 - 'OK. Apology accepted.'
They look at each other and after a while they turn the computer off and one picks up the latest copy of 'Save the Planet monthly'.
Kiddie Fiddler 1 - 'Well If I can't screw kids directly I'll screw up their lives in another way. '
He looks over the latest proposals and laughs. 'This should do it.'