29th June 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
As patients, we have to trust the authorities that this sort of thing does not happen. But we all know it does. And every time it does, it is a reminder that the amount of data taken, lost or stolen could have been much greater if the government's ID card system goes ahead or even the NHS super data scheme [NHS Care Records Scheme].
Thursday, June 25, 2009
More than five months of our servitude – from New Year until May 14 – were spent working to pay taxes, such as income tax, national insurance, council tax, VAT and many others including the notorious “stealth” taxes. But all that effort was still not enough to feed the monster, and when he had run out of our money, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, had to borrow – at £20 million an hour – to pay his bills.So for the past six weeks, day in, day out, we have been working to fund that borrowing. [Dr Eamonn Butler in today's Telegraph]
25th June 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
"The showpiece contract for national identity cards will be held back, prompting speculation that a Tory pledge to scrap the entire scheme may have unsettled its front-running companies." - ContractorUK [reported by Conservative Home ].Richard Normington, who supported the No2ID stall at the recent Strawberry Fair, commented: "The prospect of a Conservative government rolling back Labour's database state is to be welcomed. The Shadow Home Secretary's campaign has credibilty and momentum."
23rd June 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
BBC Online Reports: "
In 2008 the government defeated Conservative attempts to force a public inquiry, saying it would be a "diversion" for UK troops serving in Iraq. And in February Justice Secretary Jack Straw vetoed the publication of minutes of cabinet meetings discussing the legality of the war in the run-up to the invasion."
Friday, June 12, 2009
Gordon Brown’s panic reshuffle ended the short life of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) by merging it into a new department – Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
12th June 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Now it is seething about the BNP winning as many seats as the Greens in the 2009 European Parliamentary election.
The BNP is a national socialist party that deserves contempt, as do other parties who rely on hatred for votes: be it a hate based on race, religion, country, or class. But the BNP won its seats for the same reasons as the Greens: a protest against mainstream politicians combined with an electoral system that rewards division. PR is not about consensus. It is about narrow sects promoting their own single-minded agendas. Unlike mainstream parties, they do not have to compromise with the electorate, or win their arguments within a wider party, but can pursue their own narrow path uncluttered by debates or dissent.
The BNP is bad for Britain: a shame on our nation. However, the voting system that put them there is worse.