The new government report Creative Industries Economic Estimates: January 2015 is now available for download. It’s good news, albeit conveniently released at just the right moment to try to mute reaction to David Cameron’s stonkingly stupid promise to ‘outlaw all software that uses encryption’, which is what his statement amounts to. I was pretty sure that Labour authoritarian types would be dim enough to try this if they won the election, but I didn’t expect it now and from the Conservatives. I’d heard that Cameron had banned his Party from mooting half-baked policy ideas, in the run-up to the election. But obviously he makes an exception for himself. Anyway, we’ll see what happens when the next government has to announce the outlawing of Facebook (messaging + encryption par excellence).

The new creative industries figures are actually for 2013. Apparently it’s the first time they’ve been available, what with the statisticians in Whitehall being a year behind in their tallying. They’re also important because it’s apparently the first time the figures have been tallied under the new creativity criteria, which supposedly prevents the likes of your local electronics superstore from counting as a ‘creative industries’ employer. 2013 saw the UK creative industries grow by just under ten percent, sustain 1.7 million jobs, and pump out 8.8 percent of all exports of services exports (£17.3bn). And hey, we lead Europe on e-commerce and ecommerce exports. Which relies on, erm… strong encryption, with no kludged-in backdoors or possibility of clandestine access by corrupt officials.