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Monday, 13 February 2017

Dear <<First Name>>​,​​

The Government has released its delayed Transformation Strategy 2017-2020. "It is too often the case that citizens feel that they live at the convenience of the state: that the government acts not as servant but as master," states The Rt Hon Ben Gummer MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office in the foreword.

Gummer is right, but this strategy may not be as transformational as some might hope. Our machinery of government suffers from a legacy of inefficient systems and a culture lacking innovation. If we are to revolutionise these, we need to be a lot more radical than this or any government in modern history.

It wouldn't be easy, but we should dismantle swathes of the state as it currently operates and copy Estonia's e-government model. I'm not the first to suggest this: When I've asked Estonian officials what the UK would need to do in order to replicate their system, ID cards rear their controversial head. Estonian officials are adamant that they're essential for the smooth functioning of their system, and claim digital privacy is better in Estonia than most other countries. I can sympathise with this analysis – people in Estonia can see which officials have viewed their data, and it's against the law to view someone’s data without appropriate reasons. Contrast that with the illiberal Snoopers Charter, which sailed through Parliament and the Lords last year – it effectively allows vast swathes of the British government to view your data willy-nilly. 

Perhaps the UK is too large, bureaucratic and illiberal to replicate the e-government of Estonia. But I'm an optimist. The greatest gains for humanity come when people copy each other. It's time to copy Estonia.

 
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