24 Nov 2013
November 24, 2013

GCHQ: Porn today, Fraud tomorrow?

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Wherever you stand on the NSA/GCHQ debate, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll agree that there’s a lot more government collecting and inter-government sharing of information about us than we’d realised.  I’m in the ‘if-GCHQ-doesn’t-collect-stuff-on-me-but-shares-everything-with-the-NSA-which-does-then-that-means-GCHQ-has-all-my-stuff-anyway-and-that’s-a-bit-blinking-cheeky’ camp. But if you’ve never given it all that much thought, here’s a really super Guardian piece by novelist John.. read more →

23 Nov 2013
November 23, 2013

Slaves to Cliche

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The big South London slavery case isn’t really looking like a slavery case at all, is it?  It’s certainly at the extreme end of strange, and seems to have involved extensive control being exerted over 3 women. But so far there hasn’t been a hint of slavery in any conventional, or even unconventional, sense.  So.. read more →

07 Nov 2013
November 7, 2013

The Labour Party’s Gift

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First, a bit of absurdity. 1. The official conclusion of the Labour Party’s report into Falkirk West is: “No organisation or person has been found to have breached the rules”. 2. Yesterday on BBC’s Daily Politics, Labour Shadow Cabinet member Emily Thornberry MP, speaking for the Labour Party, said (here, from 1752)  : “We have suspended.. read more →

Following on from my last blog, here’s what happened today. UK Labour Party official Eric Wilson turned up early and met Stephen Dean’s executive, which for now still runs Falkirk West constituency, in secret.  He refused to address the assembled members and left by a side-door so they wouldn’t actually see him.  The loyal members.. read more →

02 Nov 2013
November 2, 2013

One Sunday in Falkirk

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Tomorrow, Sunday, Falkirk West Constituency Labour Party will meet to discuss ‘events’. They’ll be addressed by Eric Wilson, the UK party officer who led the ‘Unite fixing’ inquiry – the one which concluded that nothing untoward happened.  Labour members will have in their hands copies of the Sunday papers providing more detail about who fixed.. read more →