The Scottish parliament is on its way to passing a law that would assign a state 'named person' to every child in Scotland until the age of 18. Not only is this an unacceptable intrusion on liberty but it could actually harm the state's ability to track genuinely at risk children like Mikaeel Kumar.
The government is giving away the rights to up to a billion tonnes of coal to a company owned by an ex-Conservative party fundraiser. Rather than filling his pockets, couldn't this revenue source be used for the public good?
While parents in Wales
worry about their children’s health during a measles outbreak, an American “measles
expert” is given masses of publicity by the BBC and other British media outlets
with his claims the MMR vaccine jab should be made compulsory in Britain. Who is Dr Offit?
Moody’s has stripped the UK of its AAA credit rating, the first cut since the
1970s. An activist researcher says governments should do more to expose and
prosecute misconduct and incompetence by the too-powerful ratings agencies.
Starting this week, eleven million workers in companies without a pension scheme will be automatically enrolled into a new pension fund. It’s called, reassuringly, NEST (National Employment Savings Trust). But it’s managed by scandal-hit investment banks. We republish Mel Kelly’s exposé from October 2011.
Commercial companies are covertly using wi-fi scanning equipment to collate large databases of what in offline contexts is considered private information. With details about the sharing of this data so unclear, the government should consider an immediate ban on such technologies as the starting point for a full enquiry.
In light of the LIBOR scandal, UK media has paid little attention to the formation of the European Stability Mechanism, an autonomous body which will take over the handling of banking loans from governments across the Eurozone. In a context of interest rate fixing and widespread dodgy accounting, this decision may serve only to deepen the crisis.
Police privatisation is one part of a bigger story in the UK. With precious little public scrutiny the world’s largest security company has gained astonishing influence over our government and our lives