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Coalition FAIL On Privacy: Snooping Is Go (Updated)

I’ve done a lot of clearing up other peoples’ mess in my life and career.  Most of these messes were the result of people ignoring my advice, things going pear shaped (as I had said they would) and then being asked if I would remedy the now fouled up situation.  I’m sure those of you who are or have worked as techies for any length of time know the sort of people I mean.

When things really went titsup I was often asked to not only help clean up the mess but do so in a way that ensured the titsup situation would never happen again.  Those responsible for things going titsup in the first place would wail their innocence and protest that things should be done differently but never actually front up with a positive suggestion in the face of my action plan.

So it is that I have some empathy for the Coalition government as it looks to clear up the mess that Labour left behind it.  Under the Labour government, the UK state had ballooned into a seedy, control freak sumo wrestler who got his kicks from sticking his nose into every part of peoples’ lives, failing to protect the people they are supposed to serve from deliberate illegal acts and attempting to spread fear and misinformation about groups like photographers.

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UK Voted For Change

It is finished.  An exciting election which gave us some compelling theatre and drove the media speculation machine into overdrive has finally given us a new Prime Minister and a Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government.  The control freakery and paranoia of New Labour has been rejected.  Nick Clegg had achieved that which every Liberal, SDP and now Liberal Democrat leader during my life had desired – to have the balance of power in their hands.

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Vote For Change Or Vote For Gordongrad

With rumours abounding of when a General Election might be called it seems a good time to present a few salient facts about this “government”.  Regular readers will already know the kind of things I’m going to say.

The current “government” is unacceptable.  A Prime Minister the people did not vote for, seemingly given the position on the basis of some Hansie Cronje-like match fixing agreement.  Utterly distasteful and disrespectful.  It has its fair share of ministers and MPs who completely lack Clue.  Stephen Pound, Jack Straw, Ed Balls, Andy Burnham and Hazel Blears being examples of this stupidity.  Jacqui Smith’s replacement, Alan Johnson, isn’t much better either. Trying to spin the party line he ducks the facts about Gordongrad, formerly known as Broken Britain.

Then there’s Mandelson.  It’s quite ironic that Mandelson is an Anglicisation of the Mendelssohn family name (a large number of whom fled the totalitarian state of Nazi Germany) when he is helping to impose a totalitarian state in this country.  Not only did the “government” refuse to enforce the law over BT’s use of Phorm’s illegal surveillance technology, Mandelson is now driving the Digital Economy Bill through the Commons which will allow sanctions against people purely on the basis of allegations rather than evidence.  That is the act of a totalitarian state.  Quite why any internet user would vote Labour after its complicity in the Phorm case I don’t know.

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