When IT Meets Politics:

United Kingdom


March 15, 2016  1:33 PM

The Chancellor’s route to balancing the Budget?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, budget, Crickhowell, European Union, Faceboo, Google, Uber, UBS, United Kingdom

The precedents set by judgement of the Supreme Court which voided the...

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September 21, 2015  7:06 PM

Our Digital Skills crises will be solved by employers acting locally in their own self-interest

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, immigrants, Martlesham, Shoreditch, Telford, United Kingdom


We regularly see headlines about skills shortages and hear employers complaining they cannot get the skills they need. Meanwhile they recruit supposedly skilled staff in India  rather than unemployed UK graduates who are the


December 8, 2014  10:18 AM

Cost of apprentices cut by 20% + 50% towards update modules. Will this break the log jam?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, e-skills, IT skills, United Kingdom

For nearly forty years most  IT employers have declined to take on trainees or retrain older staff but  have queued up to employ those with two years of more of supposed experience. Only the skills in demand have changed. There is no shortage of talent, only of employers who will work...


November 15, 2014  10:04 AM

Should Broadband advertising be ‘legal, decent, honest and truthful’? If so …

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, copper, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, ITS, Openreach, United Kingdom

Further to my recent


October 13, 2014  12:22 PM

When IT fails to meet politics: why non-discussions at 2014 party conferences were so dangerous

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Broadband, Cabinet office, capitalism, Conservative, Corporatism, CTF, Facebook, freedom, Google, ISP, Labour, Microsoft, Schumpeter, Skills, techUK, twitter, UKIP, United Kingdom, Web

 Antony Walker's


October 3, 2014  8:23 PM

DCMS Select Committee call for inputs on the performance of Ofcom

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
btgroup, DPA, Eric Schmidt, Google, Infrastructure, Ofcom, United Kingdom

I apologise for not having had time to blog over the last week or so. First came the rush to get inputs to the Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy consultation by October 1st. Then came preparations for the launch (at the party conference) of the Conservative Technology Forum studies on...


August 12, 2014  3:11 PM

Now is your opportunity to help change the future of UK economy, not just communications policy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BT, btgroup, consultation, DCMS, Netflix, Openreach, Sky, United Kingdom, Virgin

The importance of the consultation on inputs to a new Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy  cannot be under-estimated. The Treasury/DCMS Consultation may have been...


July 21, 2014  11:52 AM

Is the BT Business Broadband monopoly about to crumble? How will it respond?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, Coventry, FCS, FSB, GEO, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, Inca, London, Peterbourgh, Shoreditch, Sky, Smithfield, United Kingdom, Virgin, York

I recently blogged on the demand aggregation exercise being organised by the City of London  A couple of days later I received a note on the current state of


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