Democracy, according to Winston Churchill, was “the worst form of government, except for all the others.” To a degree, I think, the same might be said about the UK’s television licence fee. The BBC’s charter – the legal framework that establishes it – is up for renewal, and so once again there are many discussions… Read More The TV licence – the worst option except all the others?
Over on The Register, there’s an interesting article about the Ashley Madison hack, and a fair number of interesting comments. There are also some from people who, one assumes, must be entirely pure of heart and mind. Already, there are numerous reports of people worried about what may happen to them as a result of… Read More You’re next: Ashley Madison, outing and little lists
A digression from the usual subject matter here into politics; I’ve seen a lot of near-racist drivel (and some outright racist drivel too) floating around about Subway, and now The Sun is trying to stir up more much with their story about Halal chicken in Pizza Express, which is not news, and not the exclusive… Read More Supply and demand
With David Cameron’s internet censorship – let’s not be coy and use the word ‘filter’ – rolling out in the UK, I thought I’d round up some of the related material that I’ve published here and elsewhere infrequently. I’m also going to point you at an article over on The Register, where I’ve commented a… Read More Dispatches from the War on Sex
In his latest desperate attempt to make it look as if he cares about important issues, David Cameron seems set on ushering in an era of internet censorship in the UK. It sometimes feels like these things come in cycles – a liberal item like gay marriage or the equalisation of the age of consent,… Read More Cameron’s brave new world – clueless, puritan and just plain wrong
This morning’s Telegraph carries a story about David Cameron’s latest venture into the realms of internet censorship. Responding to pressure from a coalition of probably well meaning, though certainly technologically challenged, children’s organisations, Cameron is floating the idea of a porn block on public WiFi services. Update: Also covered on the BBC News site. This… Read More The chilling idiocy of Cameron’s “Good, Clean WiFi”
Off topic for the main part of the blog, but I’ve posted about this before, and I’ve been given an old album with some newspaper clippings, which I thought worth sharing for posterity, as it were. Also, looking back at these I notice – which I didn’t at the time – that some of the… Read More Old newspaper clippings