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Making the UK the best place for big business

Posted by Kevin on January 28, 2016

David Cameron has a mission – to make the UK the best place to do big business in Europe. There are several approaches he is taking to ensure this… Make Britain Europe’s big business tax haven This week he makes much of having screwed £130 million tax out of Google. That’s good. Not so good, […]

Cameron’s argument on human rights

Posted by Kevin on June 4, 2015

Cameron’s argument is that the UK should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights so that British courts rather than Strasbourg should be the arbiter of human rights in Britain. It is a ridiculous argument. We talk about ‘human rights’ because they transcend nationality and geography. People in North Korea have North Korean rights […]

The new Snooper’s Charter — a guide to political opportunism

Posted by Kevin on January 12, 2015

How do cyber content search warrants signed off (rubber-stamped) by the Prime Minister’s number one political henchman, selected by the Prime Minister — rather than a non-political independent Judge — safeguard personal liberty? This is pure political opportunism to get a law that provides control over, rather than security for, the people. This is the […]

Human Rights: Cameron’s popularity is the UK’s tragedy

Posted by Kevin on October 5, 2014

The first major poll after the Conservative Party Conference shows strong public support for Cameron’s plan to scrap the Human Rights Act. According to YouGov, 48% of the public agree with Cameron. Personally I hope that this is a false figure that will diminish into insignificance as opponents enter the argument — so far all […]

Grant Shapps voices his dismay at Cameron’s behaviour

Posted by Kevin on September 28, 2014

As your Party Chairman, I share your deep sense of betrayal and anger. We have been let down by somebody who has repeatedly lied to his constituents, and to you: who said one thing, and then did another. Grant Shapps at the Tory Conference Cameron or Reckless? Grant Shapps is talking about Reckless; but the […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 09/26/2014

Posted by Kevin on September 26, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Friday, September 26, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. NEWS ONLY TODAY News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News Google’s ‘Dear Rupert’ blog hits back at News […]

GCHQ on trial and DRIP emergency data retention bill

Posted by Kevin on July 16, 2014

Coincidence? Only if the tooth fairy is real. In the same week in which Privacy International and other civil liberties groups are trying to force the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) to declare GCHQ internet spying activities illegal, prime minister Cameron is trying to force through parliament emergency new powers (DRIP) to make such activities legal. […]

Cameron is destroying anything worth defending – the terrorists have already won

Posted by Kevin on July 10, 2014

Anybody who knows anything about how the intelligence services lead the British government by the nose will not be surprised: Britain said on Thursday it would rush through emergency legislation to force telecoms firms to retain customer data for a year, calling the move vital for national security following a decision by Europe’s top court. […]