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New Labour spunking away £12K on Second Life.

Well ever the ones for pissing away the taxpayers money New Labour have surpassed even themselves this time. Not content with blowing it in the real world, they have to blow it in the virtual world as well.
From SKY news.
A 3D "innovation centre" was created by the Department for Work and Pensions but it is not advertised on the DWP website.
Junior minister Jonathan Shaw told Parliament it cost £20,000 to build and a further £12,000 a year to maintain.
Conservative MP Nick Hurd, who has raised questions in the Commons regarding the amount of taxpayer's money spent on Second Life, said the move was insensitive amid rising unemployment.
"This follows on from the £160,000 "Twittercrat" civil servant being employed by the Cabinet Office," Mr Hurd told Sky News Online.
He added: "At a time when a million people face losing their jobs this year, it's proof that the Government is literally living in its own fantasy world."
A spokesperson from the department said the innovation was a virtual area for government and private companies to showcase technological innovations.
"We believe it could help make sharing technology more efficient and save taxpayers money as meetings, events and shows can be held online at a fraction of the cost and resources," they said.
They hope money from the private sector will help cover some of the cost. The project will be reviewed in 2011.
Searching for Second Life on the DWP website brings no results.
Around 15 million people have signed up to the virtual world but the number of active users is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands.
People create "avatars" and the site even has its own currency, Linden dollars.

We are long overdue for a pianowire clearout of The Commons....

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