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January Competition - Win Oscar Wilde "Disobedience" T-Shirt

The latest addition to Philosophy Football's 'dissenters' T-shirt range features these words from that iconoclastic rebel Oscar Wilde...
Mark Perryman
13 January 2010

The latest addition to Philosophy Football's 'dissenters' T-shirt range features these words from that iconoclastic rebel Oscar Wilde.  "Disobedience in the eyes of anyone who has read history is our original virtue, it is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion."  

Available from www.philosophyfootball.com we have 5 to be won in our January competition. To enter simply answer the following question :

To which gaol did Oscar Wilde dedicate a ballad?

Email your answer  with name, address and preferred T-shirt size to [email protected]  All winners will be informed direct following the closing date 31 January. No purchase necessary to enter.
Congratulations! To Tom Ash, Sam Geall, Darren Maughan,  Charlie Moore and David Wonfor . All winners of the Tom Paine shirt in our December competition, also available from www.philosophyfootball.com

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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