May 22, 2009
Government Shirks Funding Responsibility For Bletchley Park. Down To Us, Then.As if the current UK government couldn't sink any lower after a week of relentless revelations about MP's fiddling their expenses, calls for more funding for embattled WWII and computing heritage site Bletchley Park have fallen on deaf ears in the House of Lords.
Honestly, I'm dumbfounded by the government's position. Everyone I speak to supports this cause. EVERYONE! The contribution of the people who worked at Bletchley Park to our post-war world is incalculable. Churchill estimated that the war was ended early enough because of intelligence gleaned by the code breakers at Bletchley that more than 20 million lives could have been saved.
That's 20 million parents and grandparents, to put it into perspective. Generations later, there could be hundreds of millions of people living today who would never have been born if it wasn't for the staggering achievements of the folk at Bletchley. If every one of those people - heck, for all I know I could be one of them (the odds are that good) - donated just a few pennies, Bletchley Park's problems would be over.
And anyone who relies on computing devices or digital electronics has a debt to pay to Bletchley Park, too. I read somewhere recently that there are about 9 million professional software developers working today. If one in four programmers donated a measly five quid, Bletchley's future would be assured.
Obviously, the UK government just don't get it, and their decision yet again defies the will of the people they're supposed to represent. I guess it's up to us, then.
So how about it? Donate 5 quid to Bletchley Park, then email 10 of your colleagues and ask them to donate a fiver and email 10 of their colleagues.
Then, when you and your children visit a rejuvinated Bletchley Park in 10 years' time you know that you did your bit to honour the memories of the thousands of people who did their bit to make many of our careers - not to mention our lives - possible.
Posted 2 hours, 12 minutes ago on May 22, 2009