Tuesday, 6 October 2009

UK Supreme Court - and no broken links, unlike government departments!

So the UK Supreme Court officially went into action yesterday, replacing the House of Lords' Appellate Committee and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

One good thing at least is that they've not broken the links to the judgments of the old House of Lords; the archive has been kept under the same URL as before.

Totally different from the name changes we had to endure with the Department of Trade & Industry to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and now the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (combining with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) - notice this law librarian's lament on the DTI to BERR change, and of course they still keep breaking our links and bookmarks over and over again.

See also on DBIS the report by the BBC and on the "rebranding" of the Department for Communities and Local Government to "Communities and Local Government" (CLG) the Daily Mail. All funded out of taxpayers' pockets, not the marketing people or politicians whose whims these idiotic name changes are.

Maybe they think if we can't remember what a department is called because they keep changing their names, citizens won't try to contact government departments or figure out what sort of job they're doing. But if they're going to do it, why not spend just a bit more money implementing forwarding? Why do they have to break our links as well?

If you think I'm cross about all this, you'd be right.

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