No matter how you look upon it, this is a complete invasion of a citizen’s right to privacy.
Organisations including the Food Standards Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions will be able to see UK citizens’ entire internet browsing history in weeks.
The Investigatory Powers Bill, which was all but passed into law this week, forces internet providers to keep a full list of Internet Connection Records (ICRs) for a year, and make them available to the government if it asks.
Those ICRs effectively serve as a full list of every website that people have visited, not collecting which specific pages are visited or what’s done on them but serving as a full list of every site that someone has visited and when. And those same ICRs will be made available to a wide range of government bodies.
I have no problem with those parts of the State tasked with keeping us safe being able to access my Internet history but I sure as heck cannot see why the Minions in The Food Standards Agency, Local Councils. and parts of the Stormont Government should have such privilege. What’s worse is how this measure slips into law without a murmur from much of the so-called “watchdog media”
Hard to imagine he passed away 25 years today. I’m talking about the mega-talented but sexually reckless Freddie Mercury. This was his finest moment. From 45 years ago. It still sounds GREAT.
Despite the fact I rejoice in both BREXIT and the election of Donald Trump, there is one major difference and it took Nigel Farage to point it out;
“There’s one problem we’ve got. In America, the revolution is total.
“Not only have the people spoken and won but the old administration of Obama and all those ghastly people are out and the Trump people are in and they’re now in control.
“The problem in this country is that while the people have spoken, the same players have just been shuffled around the chess board and we’re still being run by the career, professional, political class.”
This was manifest in the doom laden Autumn Statement by Conservative Chancellor Philip Hammond. Hammond was a prominent (if wonderfully uncharismatic) Remainer and his pessimism is reflected by that other august body, the Office of Budget Responsibility and now again today by a doom laden report from the reliably left wing IFS.
They all sell the same repeated deceit – we are going to ALL suffer horribly because we dared to vote against these “experts”
This IS Project Fear and it didn’t die on June 23rd when we said LEAVE. Instead it is working assiduously to undermine our will.
I am increasingly distrustful of Prime Minister May and her intentions re Brexit. It seems that her dithering is allowing the LOSERS in the Remain camp to chip away at what has to be done, to seek to damage our economic prospects by talking the economy down, and to try and anchor us in the EU.
THOMAS MAIR, a mentally ill Norwegian militant, has been found guilty of murdering a Labour MP called Jo Cox. He has been given a whole-life tariff, meaning that he’ll only leave prison in a box.
I have no problem with the verdict or the sentence. There’s no doubt about his guilt, and I’m generally in favour of life meaning life for premeditated murder. It’s just a shame that most convicted murderers are given just a few years for the same crime. Some have suggested that because Cox was an MP, that her murder was “an attack on democracy”. This is meaningless drivel, and when the pro-IRA John McDonnell said it in the Commons today, laughable too. It’s no comfort to most bereaved that their loved one was not murdered for political reasons.
No, I’m sorry, MPs are not more precious than anyone else.
I notice the predictably disgraceful reporting today too. The BBC has suspended its reporting guidelines and actually described Mair as a “terrorist”. Others have openly linked Mair to Right Wing causes. This is to dangerously fan the flames of Patriotophobia. Up and down the country tonight, patriots will be nervous about attacks on them, by bigots and phobes. Nationalism is the ideology of peace. The government and the UN must come out and say so.
Told you this would happen. Reports The Telegraph –
Hundreds of thousands of British expats are set to be granted the right to carry on living on the Continent after Brexit after the majority of European Union countries signalled they were ready to do a “reciprocal rights” deal with the UK […]
The Government said no deals had yet been struck, but the closeness of an informal understanding is leading to speculation that any deal will be announced at a key EU summit in Brussels next month.
Back in the summer, following the Brexit vote and when Remainers were howling with rage (and still are), I said that this would happen. Back in the summer, while some were suggesting that millions of people will be ejected from thie homes, I said that this would happen. In fact I said that (then) PM Cameron, and Parliament, ought to make it clear that no-one will be kicked out. This simply will not happen in 21st-Century Europe.
We can do the same with trade, if everyone involved remembers that they’re adults.
I remain confident in the future economic prospects for the UK free of the constraints of the EU. But what of the EU itself? What does IT face?
“Steve Eisman, who inspired Hollywood film The Big Short, has warned Italy’s crippled lenders and large amounts of sovereign debt held by European banks are among the reasons the continent is facing total meltdown.
The most immediate threat comes from the staggering £270billion worth of bad loans held by Italian banks, according to the legendary investor, who made £81million ($1bn) by betting against banks in the run up to the financial crash in 2008.
While the guru said he wasn’t worried about Britain’s banks, he laid out a grim future for Europe.”
He is right. I predict the Euro will go into a deeper free fall in 2017. It is already nearing parity with the Dollar and when Trump tears up TTIP then it will fall again. Of course an EU in recession will not help the UK but by any realistic consideration we will be better off out of it as the proverbial hits the fan.
People who pretend to be other people for a living are not necessarily a great source of integrity and so this may explain…
Some members of the cast of Hamilton, who delivered a message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence about their fears of the new administration, have abstained from voting for years, records show. There are no records available for this year, so it’s unclear if the cast members voted in 2016, but years prior show many were absent on Election Day.
Isn’t this wonderful hypocrisy? They can’t be BOTHERED to vote but still parrot the words against Trump.
I thought this was interesting.
The US president-elect, Donald Trump, has suggested that the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, should be the UK’s ambassador to the US. “Many people would like to see [@Nigel_Farage] represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States,” Trump tweeted on Monday evening. “He would do a great job!”
I fully agree with this ‘suggestion” but Her Majesty’s Government knows better.
But No 10 said there was “no vacancy”. The role is currently held by Sir Kim Darroch and a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May added that he was “an excellent ambassador who only took up post in January and traditionally they serve four years or even longer”.
And here is an insight into the “excellent” Sir Kim…
BRITAIN is well-placed to influence Donald Trump by exploiting his character and inexperience in office, a leaked memo from the British ambassador has suggested.
I see. So the “excellent” Sir Kim wants to “exploit” President Elect Trump. Anyone see how this might NOT go down swimmingly well in the Trump White House?
OK, it is NOT for Trump to tell HMG who it should have as US Ambassador but given the closeness of Farage shouldn’t sit swallow its pride and find a special role for him in the interests of the UK – if not the Conservative party.
President-elect Trump, according to fake news outlets such as the WaPo, “won’t seek criminal investigations” into Crooked Hillary. Talk about putting the liars in a corner.
They’re itching like mad to accuse him of reneging on an election promise, but they can’t do so without appearing to relish their heroine being investigated. On the other hand they could say it’s the right decision, but they cannot praise Trump. They will never praise him, not even the Hillary fanboys who shrieked like their hair’s on fire at the very idea.
Look, conservatives rightly complained about Obama politicising the DOJ (not to mention the IRS and other agencies). Of course Dems were cool about that, but draining the swamp necessarily precludes acting in an Obama-esque spiteful and unconstitutional way. Trump has been elected president, and his job is to allow his appointees at the DOJ and FBI to do their jobs, not to do it for them.
Plus he has removed Obama’s excuse for pardoning Crooked Hillary, that any prosecution would be political. He has de-politicised the issue by allowing the agencies their rightful independence. If Obama were now to pardon her, he must explain why and for what crimes.
Then next year, sometime after he’s inaugurated, he can tell the American people that it was not his wish to pursue Crooked Hillary, but it is the advice of prosecutors, acting independently, to convene a grand jury …