Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

###Letter #6 Delivered 19 Sep 21 Hi Craig, Heeding your words about not getting research done I’ve decided to keep to a weekly cadence. I’m now wondering which Lord George Murray you’re researching, as a quick search brings up a few of them over the years? It’s good to hear that books are making it […]


Here begins a new series for this blog… I’ve been writing to Craig Murray whilst he serves his prison sentence for contempt of court arising from his reporting of the Alex Salmond trial. I don’t recall how I first came across Craig, and his first book Murder in Samarkand, but I’ve been a keen follower […]


This is the blog version of a Twitter conversation with my colleague Graham Chastney. Huawei, and the war on trade POTUS #45 has been pursuing a ‘trade war’ with China, as this appears to be popular with his base, even though it makes stuff more expensive for them and will ultimately harm the US economy. […]


TL;DR If you can persuade people that their side is going to win without their vote, then perhaps just enough of them won’t bother to show up that you can steal the win. Background The two countries that I spend most of my time in (the UK and US) continue to recoil from the effects […]


Wage Slaves

26Jul17

I recently had the good fortune of meeting Katz Kiely and learning about the Behavioural Enterprise Engagement Platform (BEEP) that she’s building. After that meeting I listened to Katz’s ‘Change for the Better‘ presentation, which provided some inspiring food for thought. Katz’s point is that so much human potential is locked away by the way […]


In my last post ‘The Surveillance Party‘ I wrote about how the UK Labour Party used their ersatz SIGINT operation to exclude me from their leadership election process. I was told ‘You posted inappropriate comments on social media on 5 July 2016’, so let’s take a look at my tweets and see what might have […]


TL;DR The UK Labour Party has been running an ersatz signals intelligence (SIGINT) operation to identify and exclude members and supporters that they don’t want voting in their leadership election; people who under some sort of criteria are identified as enemies of the party. This should be terrifying, as the difference between enemy of the […]


TL;DR The UK ‘snoopers charter’ is back in the form of the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB [pdf]). As with previous efforts it’s not just trying to provide a more robust legal framework for ongoing spying, but also trying to extend spying powers to other agencies. The police might see this as a way to solve crime more […]


Dear Mr Soames, Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill I’m pretty sure you’ll toe the party line on this one, but if I don’t write to you then you don’t know about objection from (at least one of) your constituents. I am outraged by this legislation being pushed through in the manner that it is. […]


I don’t need to write extensively here about the dangers of regulatory capture by corporate interests. Larry Lessig already wrote ‘One Way Forward‘, and he does a far better job than I ever could. My friend Robert Dunne recently made an astute observation in the wake of the PRISM scandal: Access to material from the […]