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The hypocrisy dossier: POWER exposes MPs double-standards

Anthony Barnett
Anthony Barnett
12 April 2010

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 POWER2010 have just published a 15 page dossier on the hypocrisy of MPs, naming 18 of them who are standing for re-election. POWER dossier It got them all listed on page 2 of the Sun which also ran a report on how Prescott, Reid and other Labour worthies are preparing to take the ermine, clearly drawn from POWER'S hilarious campaign on that theme:

brings together a series of cases which exemplify the “one rule for us, one rule for them” mentality in a 15 page report. Together these examples demonstrate the hypocrisy and double standards that lie behind the “database state”, the network of databases that store vast amounts of personal information on citizens to be shared across government departments and agencies.

This research clearly shows that the public is being asked to submit to systems of data sharing and surveillance that ministers and MPs are not prepared to submit to themselves due to their fundamental lack of security and the threat they pose to personal privacy and freedom. At the same time ministers and MPs have repeatedly attempted to exempt themselves from the strictures of Freedom of Information in cases that had the potential to undermine them or prove embarrassing.

You can download the pdf here. And you can take part in Power2010's letter writing campaign to candidates to ask them to reject the hypocrisy of the previous Parliament when it comes to privacy and personal data here.

The 18 MPs are The 18 are: David Cairns, Alan Campbell, Parmjit Dhanda, Maria Eagle, Jim Fitzpatrick, Caroline Flint, Michael Foster, Ivan Lewis, Steve McCabe, Tony McNulty, Meg Munn, James Plaskitt, Frank Roy, Gareth Thomas, Claire Ward, Dave Watts, Malcolm Wicks and Phil Woolas.

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