03 September 2006

UK - Environment minister scraps Web experiment as users deface Internet pages

(Associated Press)
Britain's government abruptly ended an Internet experiment as a Web site requesting ideas for environmental policies was bombarded with abuse and ridicule. Environment Secretary David Miliband had hoped the public would contribute ideas for a draft paper setting out key ecological responsibilities for individuals, government and businesses. But his Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs withdrew Web pages after contributors instead parodied the minister's jargon-heavy speaking style and criticized Prime Minister Tony Blair's faltering record.