Damian Green urged John Major’s government to embrace the internet in 1994 to catch up with the White House and stay ahead of young Labour leader Tony Blair in the minds of the “new generation”, according to newly released official documents. Former first secretary of state Mr Green, then in the government’s policy unit, wrote that “Internet users will be a growing group of opinion-formers” as he suggested getting online to keep up to date. In a letter to the then-Prime Minister’s private secretary, Alex Allan, on August 22, 1994, he said: “Various MPs who are computer-literate have made the point to me that it would be advantageous for Number 10 to be seen to be up with developments in this area. “Specifically, connecting No 10 with the internet would keep us up with the White House, which has made a big thing of the modern way the Clinton/Gore administration deals with communications. “Internet users will be a growing group of opinion-formers, and I can just imagine Tony Blair showing how he belongs to a new generation by signing up.” Mr Blair had been elected Labour leader the previous month, following the sudden death of John Smith in May. But… Read full this story
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