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EU PRIVACY WATCHDOG HAMMERS SECRET ANTI-PIRACY TALKS

the Commission has been up to its old tricks. Secret negotiations without transparency. Will the bureaucrats never learn? Not much chance. There is a proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Governments and multinationals conspiring to bring the Internet under their control. They so hate freedom and initiative and they hate us to have private lives over which they have no surveillance. [Discuss]

MAMMOTH BACKLOG PROMPTS EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS REFORM

120,000 cases pending, 27,000 from Russia alone. Most relate to Chechnya. 47 members of the Council of Europe now. Someone needs to explain to the Conservative party that membership of the Council of Europe involves accepting the supremacy of the European Court of Human Rights and that the UK joined back in 1951. Ah well. We must obey the great Murdoch and his wishes, just as Blair and Brown did.

OUR DIFFERING APPROACHES TO TERROR

Good think piece in the Independent by Geoffrey Wheatcroft. He’ll be denounced by the loony right-wing blogosphere. Still, aren’t we all?

POLICE ARREST 395 IN MANCHESTER CRIME CRACKDOWN

Some interesting things going on in Manchester. This was aimed at booze-fuelled violence. Might be worth seeing what Manchester Evening News says. this involved “arches” to check for knives and other weapons. Operation Portcullis.

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