Category Archives: new authoritarianism

UK politics review – the lurch towards Fascism

UK political events combine into a lurch towards Fascism. The gagging law is passed. Called the Transparency of Lobbying Bill, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act it has nothing to do with transparency of lobbying and everything to do … 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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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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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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Surveillance technology out of control, says Lord Ashdown

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/18/surveillance-technology-out-of-control-ashdown The technology used by Britain’s spy agencies to conduct mass surveillance is “out of control”, raising fears about the erosion of civil liberties at a time of diminished trust in the intelligence services, according to the former Liberal Democrat … Continue reading

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David Cameron consorts with tax-dodgers to censor the web

It is announced today that Downing Street is to work with massive search engine tax-dodgers Google to hugely censor the web. Under the guise of attempting to frustrate paedophiles, Downing St and Google intend to censor 100,000 search terms. Cameron … Continue reading

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Theresa May must not further erode Britons’ rights to citizenship

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/14/theresa-may-erode-britons-citizenship-right Theresa May has said she wants to extend her powers to strip citizenship from suspected terrorists, even if doing so renders them stateless. Under current law the home secretary may denaturalise anyone with dual nationality whose UK citizenship is … Continue reading

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Bad management and cruelty: Iain Duncan Smith and the failures of the Work Programme

http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2013/11/bad-management-and-cruelty-failures-work-programme A toxic mixture of policy by soundbite, twisted statistics and a spurious belief in the efficacy of the private sector has created a programme that is going to fail a whole generation. by Alan White         … Continue reading

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The lobbying bill is a gift to union bashers

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/11/lobbying-bill-gift-to-union-bashers-blacklisting Given what we know about blacklisting, the lobbying bill’s demands on union membership lists pose a sinister threat The government’s lobbying bill may be in trouble, but its attack on the confidentiality of union membership records continues in the … Continue reading

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New Asbo plans are assault on basic freedom, says former DPP Lord Macdonald

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10437127/New-Asbo-plans-are-assault-on-basic-freedom-says-former-DPP-Lord-Macdonald.html Plans to replace Asbos with wide ranging new orders clamping down on anything likely to cause “annoyance” amount to “gross state interference” with basic freedoms, Lord Macdonald warns Christian preachers, buskers and peaceful protesters could effectively be driven off … Continue reading

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