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January 4th, 2007:

Where should we spend the money?

“Dave Snowden”:http://www.cognitive-edge.com/2006/10/slavery.php recently cited a UNESCO report that currently there are 27 million slaves worldwide and that their average price is £60. Inspired by Robert Cringley’s “Modest Proposal”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Modest_Proposal that it would be more effective to “buy everyone in the US a low emission car”:http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2006/pulpit_20061222_001373.html, it struck me that the total cost of buying everyone’s freedom would be £1,620M. This isn’t much more than a couple of failed UK government IT projects. Perhaps we could get the big consultancies to chip in.