Category Archives: Surveillance

Are we all terrorists these days?

It seems not a week goes by without a story about some new legislation to monitor our communications to some degree. I used to think this was a Labour preserve (remember ID cards) – to scrutinise us as much as … Continue reading

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We have a pill for that!

It occurs to me that roughly half the people I know are taking a pill for something these days. Even in my own family, most of them are pretty settled, but many of them are on mood-augmenting drugs of some … Continue reading

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The 4th party

As I write this, we are just a few days out of the European and local elections. The results are not quite in yet, although they might be by the time I finish this. However, it’s becoming quite clear what’s … Continue reading

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They want our attention on the door

Anyone seen Signs? “They’re not trying to get in. They’re just making noises. Why would they do that?” “They want our attention on the door.” I just remembered this scene while reading an article on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. … Continue reading

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Selling the NHS database

I’ve just heard, quite by chance, that our medical records are no longer going to be sacred between doctor and patient. They will soon be available, in identifiable form, to anyone able to pay the price. The treatment of the … Continue reading

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If you have nothing to hide…

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. Everyone has heard this argument. I’m going to assume that, if you’re reading this, you have a problem with the statement but are not sure how to do anything … Continue reading

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The untrustworthy rise to power

What follows is a very simple argument, but it’s one that seems to elude most voters. I’m putting this out there as a wake up call. Stay with me on this. I’m going to make it quick and painless, but … Continue reading

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