Politicians and political parties love to throw around buzzwords.
In Ireland we have got used to terms like:
and, of course, "celtic tiger".
Labour have released a document with the rather pretentious title of "Plan for Digital Ireland". Download it. Read it and try not to spill too much coffee all over yourself.
Next-generation broadband is an essential component of our economic recovery. The availability of high speed broadband is crucial for business and job creation, as well as being key to attracting outside investment.
Um .. really? Ok, it would be nice if higher speeds were available everywhere, but the reality is that companies are offering faster speeds in most of the population centres. UPC, for example, have a 30 meg product which is available all over the country as far as I know.
Do we really need to spend 20 thousand euro per household on broadband?
And for a document that purports to be a roadmap for Ireland's digital future, why isn't there a single mention of IPv6 in there? It's not mentioned once. There's no mention of security in the entire document either.
There are, of course, plenty of nice fluffy words that are going to make some journalists' mouths water..
Of course if an Irish political party were to actually make a statement about technology that actually made any sense I'd probably die of shock!