openDemocracyUK

Coalition Daily Mail: police, anarchists, ‘violated’ lovers, cheated-on wife

Anthony Barnett
Anthony Barnett
15 January 2011

In its spacious coverage of the story of P.C. Kennedy, aka Mark Stone undercover environmental activist, the Daily Mail looks for the upside. At the end of its account it says,

In a message posted on an ­environmental website, a ‘friend of Mark’ wrote yesterday: ‘Mark is taking a rest abroad with his ­family, and is planning to write a book about his experiences.

‘He wishes it to be known that the whole episode has deeply upset him, and he now wishes for him and his family to be left in peace. Best wishes to all those in the activist movement. He hopes that they will forgive him eventually.’

That is unlikely to happen.

Signing himself ‘Not a Friend’, another activist replies: ‘Does he think he is the aggrieved party? Mark is taking a rest abroad with his family? Would that be the same family he’s been cheating on all these years?

‘I doubt you will ever find peace yourself because you will never have the guts to face up to us all for what you have done. **** you were never anyone’s friend.’

Then the Mail strikes an unusual note

On that much, at least, all sides — police, anarchists, ‘violated’ lovers, cheated-on wife — can surely agree.

Perhaps it too has been influenced by the the Coalition and the Prime Minister's suggestion that "we are all in it together".

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.

Who is bankrolling Britain's democracy? Which groups shape the stories we see in the press; which voices are silenced, and why? Sign up here to find out.

Comments

We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData