Daily Organ: Drone warfare is coming home

February 21, 2012

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Should we be worried about the planned introduction of surveillance drones into our daily lives? The European Commission Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Panel recently met at the Ecole Royale Militaire, Brussels, to discuss using UAS – otherwise known as drones – in civilian settings in the future. The European Union already uses satellites to monitor […]

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Never mind Kavanagh, News International needs a tidy-up at the top

February 13, 2012

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The Sun’s Associate editor and rag commentariat, Trevor Kavanagh, launched a staggering diatribe against the treatment of News International journalists yesterday, in the wake of the arrest of five Sun journalists on Saturday. Chief reporter John Kay, chief foreign correspondent Nick Parker, picture editor John Edwards, deputy editor Geoff Webster and deputy news editor John […]

Happy anniversary of the accession of the throne of Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith, everyone!

February 6, 2012

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Today is the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. How did you celebrate? I had a lie-in at a friend’s house and then walked around in the snow and then got a train home and had some quiche for my tea. It’s been glorious. The Queen, meanwhile, spent the day on a […]

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RMT demands information into News International surveillance

December 9, 2011

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The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has demanded the names of News  International journalists involved in surveillance operations, submitting a full dossier of evidence to the Leveson Inquiry today. The transport union wrote to News International lawyers today demanding exactly who was involved in surveillance. The operation was run in conjunction with MI5-trained former policeman […]

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Has Cameron’s line on August’s riots finally been trashed for good?

December 7, 2011

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The results of the London School of Economics (LSE) and Guardian survey into August’s civil disturbances – Reading the Riots – were aired last night on BBC’s Newsnight. It was one of this week’s most important contributions to the UK news agenda. And why? Because the survey represents the second comprehensive dismissal of the government […]

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Sepp Blatter and FIFA: Secret handshakes, racism and war crimes

November 19, 2011

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I don’t really write about sport. But I do write about politics. And sometimes the two come into contact with one another in such a way that it’s difficult not to write about sport. And politics. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Chairman Sepp Blatter’s recent comments about racism in football come as no […]

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The real genius of the Big Society? It can only get Bigger.

September 23, 2011

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This article appeared in the London Progressive Journal on 29/09/2011. Last month, swathes of – mostly – poor and angry young men (some women) took to the streets to express an anger with a society that handed out schoolmasterly tellings-off under the guise of sound advice. To them, violence seemed a more direct form of expression […]

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