The new petitions site that MySociety have set up is a really good idea, but I hope that it doesn’t get so overwhelmed with petitions that it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. It seems that every time I look at the list, there are more petitions that I want to sign. Here are… Continue reading Web Petitions
The Backing Blair campaign is closing down. The closing statement that is now on the front page of their web site says this: Right now, at every level of politics, people can be split into two groups: Those who feel distanced from politics and/or helpless to change matters because of a growing culture of obfuscation… Continue reading Bye-Bye Backing Blair
Dave Gorman has an interesting story that neatly illustrates the way that the world has changed in the last five years. Whilst taking this picture of Battersea Power Station just after midnight on Saturday night, he was stopped and questioned by police under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Just for taking a photgraph. (via Bloggerheads)
I’m going planet crazy here. And Plagger means I can build a new planet in about five minutes. And most of that time is spent working out which feeds to include. Anyway, the latest one is Planet Westminster which aggregates all of the MPs’ blogs that I can find. If you know of any that… Continue reading Planet Westminster
This is important stuff
Rachel from North London sums up what a lot of us are thinking and plugs the new Liberty Central web site.
According to Tony Blair writing in yesterday’s Observer he doesn’t destroy liberties, he protects them. The whole article is riddled with half-truths and reinterpretations of history. Luckily enough Blairwatch have produced a point by point deconstruction of what Blair wrote.
I’m very disappointed in my MP this morning. Not only did he support the government in all of the ID card votes last night, but he also spoke at some length in favour of the scheme. In fact he spoke for longer than I have ever heard him speak in Parliament. His speeches are here,… Continue reading Disappointing MP
Let’s look at it another way. Yes, we saw Tony Blair defeated for the first time. But they’ve managed to push through a doubling of the time that a suspect can be held without charge. That’s still pretty disgusting. Are there any “democratic” countries with a longer period? If I was feeling paranoid, I might… Continue reading On Further Reflection
One of the worrying things about ID cards is the idea that putting all of those personal details together in one database is just asking for trouble when unscrupulous people get hold of the contents of that database. Of course. it doesn’t help when those unscrupulous people happen to be the people who are running… Continue reading Making Money From ID Cards