Monthly Archives: August 2007

UNCONFIRMED RUMOUR: What's happening on Tuesday?

As reported on Dizzy Thinks Some crazy rumours flying around about Labour MPs rushing back from holidays, newspaper advert order being placed, and Number 10 driving something or other for a Tuesday deadline. Could be nonsense designed to get CCHQ … Continue reading

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What is personal data? Information Commissioner updates guidance

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) published new guidance yesterday that explains its view of what counts as personal data under the Data Protection Act (DPA). Information that is not personal data today may become personal data as technology advances, it … Continue reading

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Barclays takes 2 emergency central bank loans

Barclays Bank borrowed £1.6bn from the Bank of England on Wednesday. It is the second time this month that the bank has tapped into the central bank's emergency credit line, sparking fears it is facing a cash crisis. On 20 … Continue reading

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It Is Indeed the Constitution

It is really getting quite untenable for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to continue pretending that the new European treaty is not the Constitution, hence no referendum is needed. Yesterday the Conference of Presidents, the organising body of the European … Continue reading

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Australia 'would follow Dutch withdrawal' from Afghanistan

AUSTRALIA would most likely follow should Dutch troops withdraw from southern Afghanistan, Defence Minister Brendan Nelson says. Mr Nelson gave the warning to 12 Dutch parliamentarians in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul this week, The Australian newspaper reported. The Dutch … Continue reading

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The beginning of Gordons downfall…

Ministers have been taken aback by the 24-hour strike by prison officers. But they should not have. The POA national executive took their vote 2 weeks ago, so government was well aware that a strike would take place if they … Continue reading

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16yo PCSO would be classed as child in court

This amusing gem from the Magistrates Blog. A poster on the (private) Magistrates' Association forum has pointed out that if one of the 16 or 17 year-old Community Support Officers has to give evidence in court they will be entitled … Continue reading

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Pop up policemen to patrol the web

Could the form of website and blogger blocking in the story below happen here in the UK? Would the UK government filter the web to stop embarrassing or unwanted stories getting out? Another way for government to ignore the people.? … Continue reading

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Fed Bends Rules To Help Two Big Banks

If the Federal Reserve is waiving a fundamental principle in banking regulation, the credit crunch must still be sapping the strength of America's biggest banks. Fortune's Peter Eavis documents an unusual Fed move. By Peter Eavis, Fortune writer NEW YORK … Continue reading

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Zarkozy urged to annex french speaking Belgian province

In a move reminiscent of pre war 1930's politics, yesterday the conservative French newspaper Le Figaro published a column by Alexandre Adler in which Adler urged the French President Sarkozy to prepare for the annexation of Wallonia by France. Adler … Continue reading

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