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28 February 2005

A bit of sarcasm from Greek blogger, Dystropoppygus, on Bush's recent trip to Europe spurred by Dominic Hilton's article about Fashionable anti-Americanism. I wonder what he would make of Dominic's recent interview with Timothy Garton-Ash?

Timothy Garton Ash:

"I hope that I’m some way ahead of George W Bush, who is still described as the leader of “the” free world, and who would still feel that the notion of “the” free world has some validity. European liberals like myself should not deny our own goals just because President Bush embraces them. I quote in the book an Arab scholar saying, “We should improve our education system, even though the Americans encourage us to.” We should be for these goals because they are the right goals, even though President Bush embraces them."

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.

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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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