While it is giving visas to big contracting companies so that they can bring in cheap India developers, the British government is about to issue a new “entrepreneur visa” to attract the greats of the tech industry.
Prime Minister David “one is an ordinary bloke” Cameron, who has been exporting British developers fast, appears to have just realised that there is no one around to fix his computer.
What is scary is that Cameron appears to want to reform the UK’s Intellectual property laws to try to attract high-tech businesses.
Cameron has a dream of transforming East London into a high-tech hub to rival Silicon Valley, starting with new investments from the likes of Internet search leader Google, computer chipmaker Intel and social networking site Facebook.
In a speech, Cameron said that Silicon Valley is the leading place in the world for high-tech growth and innovation. But there’s no reason why it has to be so predominant.
Of course the fact that Cameron has ordered a freezing of all government computer projects is not helping Britain’s technology development.
Nor is the fact that Cameron lets outsourcers bring developers into the country and undercut the local talent.
Cameron said that by creating better conditions for the private sector to generate the jobs and growth that the public sector will no longer be able to provide.
His first plan is creating an “entrepreneur visa” would allow people with great business ideas and the backing of serious investors to set up shop more easily in Britain.
Of course that is assuming that entrepreneurs already are not covered by the laws that allows rich people to enter the country to work.
Cameron claims that the government is working on plans to introduce a cap on immigration, in line with a pre-election pledge from the Conservatives. As we have reported, the government allows outsourcers to bring in cheap Indian labour and caused a mass exodus of UK contractors to foreign parts because they can’t compete.
Cameron said that a company like Google could never have started up in Britain because of a copyright system that is not as open as it is in the United States.
“We are reviewing our intellectual property laws, to see if we can make them fit for the Internet age. I want to encourage the sort of creative innovation that exists in America,” he said.
Clearly he has not seen how the recent wave of court cases by the likes of Google, Microsoft, Apple which have been doing their best to stifle competition by deciding patent cases in the courts. But one did not get anywhere by reading the papers.
The government has had a series of meetings since it came into office in May with technology companies and venture capital investors to discuss ways to turn East London into a world-class high-tech centre.
Projects will include an Intel research lab focussing on performance computing and energy efficiency, an “innovation hub” from Google where researchers, developers and academics can pool ideas, and a permanent London home for Facebook’s “Developer Garage” programme for new talent in high-tech fields, Cameron said.
Network equipment maker Cisco will establish an “innovation centre” in the Olympic Park, while telecoms group BT will roll out superfast broadband in the area to give it some of the fastest Internet speeds in Europe.
While this is all well and good, Cameron still needs workers to populate East London. At the moment he has shipped them all to the Far East where they are making a bomb while at the same time have had all their jobs replaced by Indian contractors working for peanuts. His plan seems to be to bring in more chiefs who will require more Indians.