Monthly Archives: November 2013

Politics news allsorts

Comment and analysis of recent UK politics events A police helicopter crashed through the roof of a crowded pub in central Glasgow last night. Current reports are of eight people dead and fourteen people seriously injured. Bystanders helped evacuate the … Continue reading

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Politics news allsorts

Comment and analysis of recent UK politics events. Major Tory party donor chosen as chair of government nature watchdog Like it says but apparently totally coincidental that an investment banker is appointed head of wildlife and nature watchdog, Natural England. … Continue reading

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Yet more internet censorship from Cameron and the LibDems

David Cameron and UK’s ConDem coalition government return to the issue of web censorship with an announcement that the UK government is to order ISPs to censor ‘extremist’ websites. The crime and security minister, James Brokenshire, said on Wednesday that … Continue reading

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Politics news allsorts

Commentary and analysis of recent UK politics news. I found Cameron’s joke quite amusing: “It’s fair to say he’s no longer a follower of Marx, he’s loving Engels instead.”   Vince Cable defends Royal Mail valuation as profit almost doubles … Continue reading

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Takedown notice from the Independent

I’ve received a takedown notice from the Independent for this article which I don’t think that I’m taking down. The article is quite clearly attributed to the Independent and only a small section is used for non-commercial purposes. [later edit: … Continue reading

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Politics news allsorts

The ConDem coalition government has published the HS2 bill. At 49,910 pages long it evades democracy by preventing representations. 891 pages would need to be read every day to simply read it in the 8 weeks for representations. It presents … Continue reading

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Parliament to discuss HS2

The UK parliament is set to discuss the proposed High Speed 2 rail link today. Larry Elliott has an article in the Guardian. The economic case for the high-speed railway does not add up. Far better to put a fraction … Continue reading

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Theresa May drops a bobo

Just recently the press has been awash with reports of three women held as slaves in South-West London. The police have disclosed only meagre details like they were originally “a collective” and shared a political ideology. Despite every few details, … Continue reading

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Politics news allsorts

Commentary and analysis of recent UK (and US today) politics news. Socialist and former Occupy activist Kshama Sawant has been elected to Seattle council. It’s a big issue for a Socialist to be elected in the States. Miliband Accuses PM … Continue reading

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I need to do a post about …

… how hackers helped Fidel Castro. if anyone does it before me that’s fine. It’s about how Castro reached out to hackers after the Cuban revo and they were there and supported the revolution [edit. Did I wake you up? … Continue reading

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Continuing analysis of David Cameron’s web censorship

David Cameron spoke on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour at 4p.m. today. I didn’t listen to it although it will be on iplayer later. I’m commenting on this article instead. Cameron’s comments are more nuanced e.g. not confusing Tor’s “dark net” … Continue reading

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Con-Dem David Cameron’s censorship and attack on human rights

Original graphic published at www.reachinglight.com. Hmm, esoteric content? web forums? This is a huge attack on free thinking and any type of organisation or collaborative endeavour. It will probably include geeky tech and alternative politics. What will the web be … Continue reading

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Politics news allsorts

A few links to UK political news stories accompanied by a few comments. Inventor of the world wide web Tim Berners-Lee warns that … “a growing tide of surveillance and censorship now threatens the future of democracy.” “Bold steps are … Continue reading

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Cabinet minister ‘misled’ Parliament over welfare reform

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10465480/Cabinet-minister-misled-Parliament-over-welfare-reform.html Andrew Lansley, a Tory Cabinet minister, is facing claims that he misled Parliament after doubts were cast on his denial that ministers attempted to influence a report by MPs into the Universal Credit fiasco … Andrew Lansley, the Leader … Continue reading

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Iain Duncan Smith and the Tories F*Up again: Training people to use universal credit ‘could cost hundreds of millions’

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/21/universal-credit-benefit-training-cost-millions Research shows many benefit claimants will need extensive help to get online, open bank accounts and manage budgets Equipping benefit claimants with the digital and financial skills to use the government’s new universal credit welfare system is likely to … Continue reading

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Blair’s government allowed USA to spy on UK citizens

The Guardian and Channel4 – in a joint investigation – have released documents sourced by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The documents reveal that US intelligence agencies were given far greater powers to spy on UK citizens by UK intelligence agency GCHQ … Continue reading

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Labour: We’ll scrap benefits for under 25s [unless they agree to be subjected to forced labour or some useless training course]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/10461175/Labour-Well-scrap-benefits-for-under-25s.html Only those in “purposeful” training or carrying out an “intensive” job search would be eligible for the allowance, under proposals being considered by the party People under the age of 25 would be barred from claiming unemployment benefits under … Continue reading

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Archbishop attacks UK food poverty

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/19/food-poverty-archbishop-york-john-sentamu John Sentamu calls for ‘more equitable, more caring world’ and questions effects of government’s welfare reforms The archbishop of York has attacked the “new and terrible” blight of food poverty and increasing malnutrition in Britain, questioned the effects of … Continue reading

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U-turn over energy efficiency rules could risk 30,000 jobs

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/19/energy-efficiency-jobs Scrapping programme will result in massive job losses and huge costs in lost savings, green association warns Scrapping the government’s commitment to key measures to bring energy efficiency improvements to homes would cost tens of thousands of future UK … Continue reading

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UK failing on green commitments, conservation groups say

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/19/uk-green-commitments-wildlife The government is failing to make good progress on five in six of its promises to protect nature and wildlife, according to a report produced by every large conservation group in Britain. While praising moves to tackling damaging fishing … Continue reading

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