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The cult of national security

  • April 05, 2012
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The Coalition has not exactly covered itself in glory  through its proposal   to allow GCHQ to  monitor all email, Skype and social media conversations in realtime.    Under the proposed legislation, security officials will be able to know who is sending a message and who is receiving it, and the time  the message was sent,  though the government insists that they will not be able to access  the content of these messages.

Civil liberties campaigners are unlikely to  be convinced by such assurances, nor are they liked to...

Smearing Galloway

  • April 01, 2012
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It would be something of an understatement to say that the rightwing press was not overjoyed by George Galloway’s victory in Thursday’s Bradford byelection.   In the Daily Mail the voice of the shires Max Hastings saw it has another sign of impending national downfall in ‘the week politics all but died of shame‘....

George Galloway’s Bradford Spring

  • March 31, 2012
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I can’t profess to being a massive fan of George Galloway.  I admired his brilliant performance at the US Senate.  I agree with many of the positions he has taken on Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel, and other foreign policy issues, as well as his fierce criticism of the Labour Party.  It was...

Rioting in the Material World

  • March 28, 2012
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The final report from the Riots Communities and Victims Panel established by the government to investigate the causes of last August’s riots  and their possible policy responses has just been published.  In addition to ‘poor parenting’, failing schools and social deprivation, the report describes commercialism and materialism as significant driving forces behind the riots, which...

Money, it’s what I want

  • March 27, 2012
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It’s good – and in fact quite salutary – to see that the Coalition have dropped down in the polls at last and that the voters have concluded that the Tories are ‘the party of the rich‘.    Not the most startling revelation perhaps, but I was beginning to think that the electorate...

UKBA: protecting our borders once again

  • March 26, 2012
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This Wednesday at 00.10 hours, a chartered deportation flight of refused Afghan asylum seekers is due to fly from London to Kabul, escorted by guards from the private security firm Reliance Secure Task Management, which took over responsibility for escorting such flights in May last year, following the death of the Angolan asylum seeker Jimmy...

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