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Welcome Ed

Labour makes the best of its choice
Anthony Barnett
Anthony Barnett
25 September 2010

Labour's choice is a welcome one. It may be too early to say what Ed Miliband is for but:

It is a defeat for Blair and Mandelson

It is a defeat for supporters of the Iraq War

Its a defeat for the corporate media

It opens up Labour to an essential debate on liberty and democracy

There is one other thing that needs to be said immediately. The media will go on about how bad it is for him that he won thanks to Trade Union support. But it is the MPs who are the closed shop. Labour party members who are often brain-dead loyalists. The more open the electorate the better, should be the rule. The Trade Unions were not a bloc vote. They all had individual votes. They were closer to the public, because part of the pubic, than either members of parliament or loyalists who will stick with their machine and the party line. If Ed's egalitarianism appeals to  them that's because it is a good start, not a greedy demand on the public purse.

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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