When IT Meets Politics

Apr 12 2010   5:49PM GMT

The Earl of Erroll takes over at EURIM: a chairman you can dance

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The Information Society Alliance has just appointed the only electronic security professional in any legislature as its Chairman. The Earl of Erroll is one of the UK’s most experienced parliamentarians, a cross bench member of the House of Lords since 1978 and professionally competant. He recently debugged a voice recognition system. he also serves on boards concerned with Internet Governance, Information Security and Smart Card Standards. 

 

It is an interesting thought that the only parliamentarian to understand what has just been enacted with the Dangerous Electronics Act is also the only security consultant genetically cleared to draw arms in the presence of Head of State. He is 28th Lord High Constable of Scotland, whose “duties” include responsibility for the Queen’s bodyguards north of the boarder.

 

He is also the only chairman you can dance. When googling him I came across several clips from Highland Dance competitions and exhibitions for “The Earl of Erroll”, some large and some small, some damp (my favourite) others more serious. The comment in one of the articles says “although it looks quite easy, it is perhaps one of the hardest national dances to perform well”. I think that comments sums up the need to greatly improve the professionalise of those who rush complex legislation through: details to follow.

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