I'm late on this (and even later since Blogger ate my post on Friday!), but the mostly excellent Spy Blog has an almost line by line analysis of the government response to the No2ID petition opposing the government's plans for a National Identity Register and ID cards. It's very detailed, an excellent rebuttal and offers a great insight into the minds that can write so much yet say so little.
Monday, February 28, 2005
Response to government ID card response
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Mad religious nuts strike again
I had difficulty stopping myself shouting at the radio this morning (mainly so as to not scare the other passengers on the bus). The so-called Christian organisation Christian Voice has been using mob tatics against a charity to stop them accepting a £3000 donation raised by the cast of Jerry Springer: The Opera. I find this completely unacceptable, both morally and ethically – not to mention being completely unchristian. They claim that it would be a PR disaster for the charity to have accepted the money, because it was ‘tainted’. Says whom? I certainly don't. Charities need the money, and to threaten to protest and effectively blackmail the organisation into not accepting the donation by claiming that they were "in grave risk of alienating Christian donors" is just wrong on so many levels. The obvious question now is will this organisation donate the £3000 that Maggie's Centres have lost? If not, then they lose any credibility that they could possibly have salvaged from this situation (not that I hold anything but contempt for them at the moment).
PS: I've put my money where my mouth is and made a donation to Maggie's Centres
Sunday, February 13, 2005
This is something that's been annoying me for a while now, especially when a gaggle of government ministers parade along in interviews endlessly repeating this mantra of choice, particularly in the NHS. As far as I'm concerned, this is clouding the actual issue, which is to make my local hospital(s) as good as they can possibly be. As far as I'm concerned choice in this context is meaningless, because I don't have enough information to make a choice. I have to trust my doctor to make that decision on my behalf, which is something that I'm happy to do.
Although I'm wary of the undertones of the phrase, it is true that sometimes choice is a burden. Of course I'm in favour of choice when such a choice is meaningful, but sometimes, the right choice is to let someone else make the decision.
In other news, I have now been a homeowner for exactly one year.
Saturday, February 05, 2005
I've been following the recent debate over phone tapping with interest. I hadn't realised that telephone evidence couldn't be used in a court of law so was quite surprised when this came up. The home secretary's arguments against it don't really seem to be particularly worthy ones and it's particularly telling that such evidence is already used in many other democratic countries. And if such evidence can be used within the rule of law, it's got to be better than locking people up forever for no stated reason.
Comments back up again
Okay, I've updated to a new version of BlogKomm, the commenting system that I use, which has some spam protection built-in. Commenting is now re-enabled. Let me know of any problems that you have with it.