Peace Pays

3 April 2006
"The UK is the third largest military spender in the world and almost 10% of the taxes we pay go the military. Out of a budget of over £33billion, only 3% spent is on conflict prevention and resolution."
The £4.17billion that has our government has spent on the war in Iraq seems a highly dubious investment in our security.
Following Paul Rogers' piece 'There are alternatives’ Simon Heywood has pointed out the site http://www.peacepays.org in oD's global security forum. Peace Pays looks at ways in which our money could be better spent, and is part of conscience: THE PEACE TAX CAMPAIGN.
There is also a fun quiz full of terrifying statistics on military spending...

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.

By adding my name to this campaign, I authorise openDemocracy and Foxglove to keep me updated about their important work.

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