Damian Collins MP has suddenly gotten very ballsy and issued a formal DCMS Committee summons to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.
Given the public exposure about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica this is one case where doing bugger all isn’t seen as a sensible thing to do, even if government minsters generally haven’t got a Scooby about internet and tech issues.
Examples being the recently departed Amber Rudd and Matt Hancock. Rudd is the former home secretary who wanted to name and shame companies who employed “too many foreigners”. Hancock is the minister in charge of the DCMS who in an attack of egomania launched his own app which has a shedload of privacy issues which seem to remain unaddressed, despite their being highlighted to him on social media.
Or, more simply put, a pair of prize pillocks. Anyway, let’s get back to the plot.
In the unlikely event that you do not know. Mark Zuckerberg is not a British citizen. This means that theoretically he is under no obligation to obey the summons. Whether he does or not is entirely up to him.
It was over three years ago that Collins was strutting around outside The Oval and promising anyone that would listen to him that he would haul Giles Clarke in front of his Committee. So Yates has one simple question:
If Collins has the balls to summons Zuckerberg why the hell hasn’t he done so to Giles Clarke in the last three years?
Yates is at a loss to understand Collins’ reluctance.
Come on Damian, fess up old chap. We’ve got to know. You’ve talked the talk but have taken far too long to walk the walk.
Come on Damian, do something to dissuade Yates from the opinion that you’re just another MP who is all mouth and no trousers. Just another Soundbite Sid.
A little note to Mr Zuckerberg: You don’t know me and I don’t have a Facebook account. If I were you I’d be tempted to reply to Damian Collins saying “When you’ve summonsed Giles Clarke and had him up before your Committee, I’ll drop by.”