Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Blunkett resigns

/me does the happy dance. Seriously, I'm rather chuffed that he's gone. Although his successor, Charles Clarke, says that "there will be continuity between David's approach and mine," I hope that he'll take a second look at the ID card scheme and seriously amend it, although realistically speaking, the government has invested too much face in it to scrap it completely. And before we all start feeling sorry for Mr Blunkett, remember this is the guy who won the dog poo on a stick award for his "prolonged and vicious" attack on the right to privacy in the UK.

Closer to home, today saw the election for rector of the University of Glasgow. I acted as a polling officer for part of the day and then helped count the ballot. The turnout was disgraceful, with less than 2000 of the 23,000 strong student population bothering to turn out (less than 9%). In the end, Mordechai Vanunu was elected. Personally, given that he's under house arrest and not supposed to talk to foreigners, I'm not sure that he's the best choice, but the student body has spoken. Or something. You can also see the BBC coverage of the story.

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