Why you should fear Theresa May’s Snooper’s Charter

Most of the media attention paid to the Investigatory Powers Bill, otherwise known as the Snooper’s Charter, has focused on whether the government should be able to have access to our personal data.

This is an important debate, but I think most of us already assumed that the government was able to read everything we do online. If GCHQ isn’t doing it, the NSA almost certainly is. We may not like it, but we have just accepted it as a reality of modern life.The Tory mantra of “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”, has hit home with a lot of people, even if it is borrowed from Joseph Goebbels.

But does this mean that the snoopers charter is logical and rational step to protect Britain’s national security? Far from it. In fact, there are many real tangible risks of the government’s plan that are currently going underreported. Continue reading “Why you should fear Theresa May’s Snooper’s Charter”

In defence of Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn is getting a lot wrong at the moment. Even his most passionate defenders would have to admit that. He seems to be on a quest to alienate himself from the media, whose support he will need to have any hope of getting elected. In his quest to appear totally above the mirky world of Westminster politics, he has missed wide open goals and is letting himself be attacked by opponents who aren’t living up to his high minded tactics.

In essence, he doesn’t care what his operation looks like from the outside as long as his inner circle is happy. And that’s his problem – who cares what things look like from the inside?

But, being lenient with him, let’s examine the defences he could be putting up if he were so inclined. Continue reading “In defence of Jeremy Corbyn”

London’s Hidden Homeless

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The press has made Britiain Eurosceptic

The European Union generally suffers from excessively poor press. The negatives of membership are overstated, whilst the benefits are underreported. This has warped people’s perceptions of the EU and led to an increase in Euroscepticism. Continue reading “The press has made Britiain Eurosceptic”

Dear Tory voters: you are not a persecuted minority

On Saturday evening, an article in The Independent began trending on Facebook. The piece, subtly titled “I’m a proud Tory. But with the left this belligerent and self-righteous, is it any wonder so many of us are ‘shy’?”, argued that the reason for the discrepancy between the polls throughout the election and the actual result was the unappreciated “shy tory voter”. Continue reading “Dear Tory voters: you are not a persecuted minority”

General Election Live Blog

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So what exactly are British values?

Over the course of the past 18 months or so, the phrase “British values” has been increasingly featuring in political speeches and interviews. It’s pretty clear what the main cause of this has been, the rise of UKIP. Continue reading “So what exactly are British values?”

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