Secondary legislation laid before parliament last week reveals that the taxman will have access to the log of a person’s major transactions, hotel bookings, airline tickets, holidays, car payment plans etc. Naturally the subject of this inspection will have no idea that HM Revenue and Customs is examining their spending log or what deductions, false or otherwise, will be made.
It seems that the fears of opponents to the ID card system were in fact well-founded. The system isn’t even in place yet and there is already function creep.
The inventor, famous for his bagless vacuum cleaners, has separately accused John Denham, the skills secretary who announced Jones’s success, of neglecting Britain’s dire need for qualified engineers for reasons of spin.
Dyson, whose charitable foundation spent £3.5m preparing his bid for an engineering academy in Bath, was turned down last autumn for government funding in favour of Jones’s idea for an institution to teach entrepreneurship.
I agree with James Dyson’s assessment that Britain which had been at the forefront of innovation for centuries lost its way following World War II and marketing began to replace engineering as the foundation of the British economy.
It is style over substance.
That’s not to say that Peter Jones’s scheme is style over substance as entrepreneurship is a valuable skill-set to impart to young people. However we need a greater number engineers in this country and we need to value them more highly so that we have groundbreaking new inventions around which the newly minted entrepreneurs can build businesses.
My personal snapping point was reached last week, at the precise moment Jack Straw announced the government was vetoing the Information Tribunal’s order for the release of cabinet minutes relating to that whole invasion-of-Iraq thing
I agree that many of the British people will reach their own snapping point with regard to our government sometime soon and that perhaps the state of the economy will be the metaphorical straw that causes them to stop rolling over and accepting the ongoing series of government malfeasance.
BBC News reports that former shadow home affairs minister David Davis believes that British people have been “careless” with their civil liberties, but that is beginning to change. Speaking at the Convention on Modern Liberty on Saturday, Mr Davis said people were growing increasingly angry at government intrusion in their lives.
The intelligence centre will store names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details for all 250m passenger movements in and out of the UK each year.
The computerised pattern of every individual’s travel history will be stored for up to 10 years, the Home Office admits.
The government says the new database, to be housed in an industrial estate in Wythenshawe, near Manchester, is essential in the fight against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism. However, opposition MPs, privacy campaigners and some government officials fear it is a significant step towards a total surveillance society.
The Government have this mindset that damn the consequences that the more they know about its citizens then the safer we all will be even in the face of intelligent and reasoned opposition. [via]
Well most of the results are in and in quite the upset it seems that voting machine DRE 700 has been elected the President of the United States. This came as a surprise to the pollsters who had been calling it to the Democratic party and had not considered any third party candidate as any kind of threat.