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Choosing the right enemies? Greenpeace, Ford and the TGWU

17 May 2005
Yesterday, Greenpeace halted production of the Range Rover SUV, dubbing parent company Ford "climate criminals". They made their point, but - according to reports - they also pissed off the Transport and General Worker's Union.

Questions about tactics: is it wise to piss off an organisation that claims 835,000 members and campaigns against corporate killing?

Wouldn't it be better to build an alliance? Is that possible?

(the issues here may recall the debate around "The Death of Environmentalism")

Caspar Henderson

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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