I am your friend, honest...We have all heard that 'Minister for Digital Britain' (?) Stephen Timms thinks the proposed fifty pence a month tax on landlines should be law before the next election.
"Nothing has been derailed. It is full steam ahead," he told BCC news.
Now correct me if I am wrong but I'm pretty sure that Maggie Thatcher sold off the telecommunications network some time ago and since then many different companies compete for our business. None of which are in the public sector.
So why would the government be so keen to force all of us with a landline telephone to cough up another six pounds a year in tax?
What has it got to do with the government who has broadband and who has not?
Being of a slightly suspicious nature (and wearer of the obligatory blogger's tin-foil hat) I have a couple of reasons for them being so keen on the idea.
They want to be known as the party who gave all of Britain access to unlimited pornography at the touch of a button or -
If every household in the UK has broadband access it would be so much easier for them to keep tabs on all of us. Everyone who uses a computer will be under the beady eye of big brother. I suspect we are already being monitored but if everyone has t'internet then EVERYONE is a target.
I bet that soon after the legislation becomes law another government proposal for subsidising computers and cheap internet access looms on the horizon.
And if you think that I am sounding a bit paranoid, it's because I am.
Can you blame me?