Win a Nelson Mandela T-Shirt by entering this quiz in association with Philosophy Football.
Mark Perryman
8 February 2010

27 years in captivity, it was twenty years ago on 11 February 1990 Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison by the Apartheid South Africa regime. The new T-shirt from celebrates South Africa's two decades of freedom in the year the country also hosts Africa's first World Cup. We have 5 to be won in our February competition. To enter simply answer the following question.

In South Africa what do the initials ANC stand for?  

To enter simply email your answer with name, addres and preferred T-shirt size to [email protected] Entries close 28 February, no purchase necessary to enter.

Congratulations! To Michael Coupar, Gianluca Eramo,  Gary Peace, Amarina Sandhu, andAdline Warwick Thompson  All winners of Oscar Wilde T-shirts in our January competition, also available from

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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