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Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Big Brother Blocks Site
I understand, from a comment made on an earlier post, that HMRC have now blocked access to this site in their offices; ie they have forbidden their staff to access a site that is freely available to everyone else.
It does appear that HMRC don't like criticism, don't like this site and most certainly do not like their staff reading items that may be deemed to be "off message".
Interestingly, despite the censorship, this site's position on Google (type "HMRC" into the Google search box) has moved up from 6th to 4th place out of 1,290,000 entries.
Who knows, maybe it will one day overtake HMRC's own site on Google?
There may be ways for HMRC staff to get around the block, eg use a proxy such as Anonymouse www.anonymouse.org, Megaproxy (www.megaproxy.com), ID Zap (www.idzap.com) and The Cloak (www.the-cloak.com).
Maybe someone with more IT expertise than myself could come up with better suggestions as to how the firewall can be breached, without staff getting a bollocking or losing their jobs?
My advice to the management of HMRC is that you cannot treat professional adults like children who cannot be trusted, this policy will backfire.
My advice to the staff of HMRC is to follow Peter Finch's call to arms, stick your heads outside of your windows and shout:
"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"
Tax does have to be taxing.
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