Monthly Archives: October 2013

Russell Brand on Revolution

Well worth reading and I will adopt and adapt some of his suggestions. http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution … Cameron, Osborne, Boris, all of them lot, they went to the same schools and the same universities that have the same decor as the old … Continue reading

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Google and Yahoo furious at reports NSA secretly taps data centres

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/30/google-reports-nsa-secretly-intercepts-data-links Files obtained from Edward Snowden suggest NSA can collect information sent by fibre optic cable between Google and Yahoo data hubs ‘at will’ Google and Yahoo, two of the world’s biggest tech companies, reacted angrily to a report on … Continue reading

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News of the World editors ‘must have approved hacker’s contract’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24754518 News of the World bosses must have approved the contract of a private investigator who later admitted phone hacking, the Old Bailey has heard. Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC said senior figures would have been involved in the decision to … Continue reading

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HS2: MPs to vote on releasing money for preparation

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24753394 MPs will vote later on whether to let the government start spending money on preparations for the HS2 rail project. Money released by the vote would pay for surveys, buying property and compensating evicted residents. Some Conservatives are expected … Continue reading

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Hinkley Point: nuclear power plant gamble worries economic analysts

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/30/hinkley-point-nuclear-power-plant-uk-government-edf-underwrite Liberum Capital analysts flabbergasted by UK government’s deal with EDF and decision to underwrite nuclear power station The government’s agreement to underwrite the Hinkley Point nuclear power station could turn out to be economically insane and hugely costly to … Continue reading

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Single parents ‘biggest losers’ from IDS’ welfare reforms

http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2013/10/30/single-parents-biggest-losers-from-ids-welfare-reforms Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship universal credit reforms will make life for working single parents harder rather than easier, according to a report out today. The Gingerbread charity suggested there would be very little financial incentive for those in or … Continue reading

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David Cameron urged not to water down the freedom of information act

http://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2013/oct/30/freedomofinformation-davidcameron Seventy-six organisations have written to the prime minister urging him to drop proposals to restrict the freedom of information (FoI) act. Various campaign groups, charities and press bodies have signed the letter to David Cameron, arguing against the watering … Continue reading

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Inheritance figures reveal the stark inequality of Great Britain

http://politics.co.uk/blogs/2013/10/29/inheritance-figures-reveal-the-stark-inequality-of-great-bri Official figures for inheritance paint a depressing and completely unsurprising portrait of Great Britain – a place where the rich get richer and the poor get stigmatised. The UK remains a country where those who least need it receive … Continue reading

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Socialist Revolution

Sounds like Russel Brand’s on the right lines there. [29/10/13 Apologies, that should be Russell Brand.] I used to call for revo …. I had considerations for democracy ~ and after contemplation decided that contemporary UK democracy is an illusion. … Continue reading

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David Cameron makes veiled threat to media over NSA and GCHQ leaks

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/28/david-cameron-nsa-threat-newspapers-guardian-snowden Prime minister alludes to courts and D notices and singles out the Guardian over coverage of Edward Snowden saga David Cameron has called on the Guardian and other newspapers to show “social responsibility” in the reporting of the leaked … Continue reading

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Spain summons US ambassador over claim NSA tracked 60m calls a month

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/28/spain-summons-us-ambassador-nsa-calls El Mundo newspaper reports having seen NSA document that reveals extent of agency’s monitoring of Spanish phone calls The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has summoned the US ambassador to explain the latest revelations to emerge from the files … Continue reading

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Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson at Old Bailey for first phone-hacking trial

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/rebekah-brooks-and-andy-coulson-at-old-bailey-for-first-phonehacking-trial-8907699.html Seventy journalists representing news organisations from four continents will crowd into the Old Bailey on Monday to hear the opening of the trial of Downing Street’s former director of communications Andy Coulson and the former News International chief executive … Continue reading

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Taxman faces grilling over Quoted Eurobond Exemption scandal

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/taxman-faces-grilling-over-quoted-eurobond-exemption-scandal-8907688.html Britain’s most senior tax inspectors will be grilled by MPs today over HMRC’s failure to stop a legal tax avoidance scheme that loses them more than half a billion pounds in tax every year. … Last week a joint … Continue reading

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There is fantasy like Star Trek and there is reality like WTF

I like watching Star Trek – I particularly like Enterprise. It’s fantasy of course – all those evil #alien# b’stards (especially in the second series) wanting to do so much harm. They’re such evil b’stards. Star Trek is – of … Continue reading

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Jack Straw, evil torturing lying cnut

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/oct/10/jack-straw-torture-libyan-dissidents Jack Straw accused of misleading MPs over torture of Libyan dissidents Former foreign secretary named in legal documents concerning Gaddafi opponents held after MI6 tip-offs Jack Straw, the former foreign secretary, and Sir Mark Allen, a former senior MI6 … Continue reading

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Leaked memos reveal GCHQ efforts to keep mass surveillance secret

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/25/leaked-memos-gchq-mass-surveillance-secret-snowden [Guardian] Exclusive: Edward Snowden papers show UK spy agency fears legal challenge if scale of surveillance is made public The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has repeatedly warned it fears a “damaging public debate” on the scale of its activities … Continue reading

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Special advisers to ministers: Salary bill up £1m

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24674247 The salary bill for ministers’ special advisers has risen by £1m in the last year, according to official figures. So-called “Spads” are appointed by ministers to provide political advice over and above the impartial work carried out by civil … Continue reading

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Cameron tries to be scary and Fascist like blind old Fascist cnut Blunkett

Cameron today lied about losing count of terrorist plots foiled by UK intelligence agencies spying on us and that Snowden and the Guardian had put so many lives in danger and made it so much harder to prevent terrrorists blowing … Continue reading

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East Coast Line: Ministers launch search for buyer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24668852 Returning the East Coast Main line to the private sector will “revitalise” it, ministers have said as they kick-started the franchising process. The line has been publicly run since 2009 when National Express handed back the franchise amid financial … Continue reading

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Medical tourism generates millions for NHS and wider economy, finds study

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/24/medical-tourism-generates-millions-nhs-health ‘Foreigners abusing system’ claim contradicted by research that also shows more people go overseas for treatment than arrive Medical tourism is a lucrative source of income for the NHS, according to a major new study that contradicts many of … Continue reading

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