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The Control Culture

The Control Culture

        A selection of articles that illustrate the pre-occupation of governments with monitoring and controlling their citizens. This post re-instated 03/2017 after being, somewhat mysteriously, deleted from the blog – yet again. Apparently there are some who do not believe in the freedom of the press. 2018 […]

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03/03/2017 at 13:12Control Culture Life&Liberty

PACS or Political Action Groups are thugs – we ignore them at our peril

PACS or Political Action Groups are thugs – we ignore them at our peril

Brussels, 19/09/2018. It was at the Byline Festival in August 2018 that I first became acquainted with the term PACs, or Political Action Groups, when American journalist Caroline Orr discussed the baleful influence of so-called SuperPACs on the American democratic process. I had not heard the term before, though had […]

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19/09/2018 at 13:27EU Life&Liberty

Explore the world by motorcycle – but don’t forget the comfy seat

Explore the world by motorcycle – but don’t forget the comfy seat

Oxford, Sept 2018. Overland Event at the end of August 2018, in Hill End camp near Oxford, was inspiring and mundane in equal proportions. Inspiring because it brought together the largest gathering of long-distance motorcycle travellers I have seen, and mundane because in other respects it was a normal, if […]

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09/09/2018 at 11:42Auto Share the vibe

Climate change – could my warming cellar warn of a future struggle for survival?

Climate change – could my warming cellar warn of a future struggle for survival?

The cellar in my old house has reached a wall temperature of 20 degrees. For the first time in 28 years, it is actually warm. My local climate has changed – does such climate drying warn of future human disaster, or is this too far-fetched? 13/08/2018. The climate change ‘is […]

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13/08/2018 at 12:06Climate EU Life&Liberty

EU/US Privacy Shield agreement failing – US must correct by September, say MEPs

EU/US Privacy Shield agreement failing – US must correct by September, say MEPs

Brussels, 12/06/2018. The Civil Liberties committee of the European Parliament (LIBE) has called on the EU Commission to suspend the EU/US Privacy Shield agreement on data exchange of personal data, since this (relatively new) agreement still fails to provide sufficient data protection for EU citizens. Privacy Shield should be suspended […]

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12/06/2018 at 11:07EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

Goodbye Headington

Goodbye Headington

          Goodbye to the quiet, pleasant suburb that once was Headington (Oxford). I had to laugh at the Oxford Mail’s puff piece of the time (4th January 2016) for the new Barton Park (Oxford) development and its “waterfront” villas. The only waterfront will be the expanded […]

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06/06/2018 at 11:12Climate Life&Liberty UK

Straightforward politics in the Brussels Bubble? Truth the first casualty

Straightforward politics in the Brussels Bubble? Truth the first casualty

Brussels, 03/05/2018. I went to a press conference yesterday. In the Brussels Press Club, it promised to be interesting. Apparently the nuclear-limitation agreement between Iran and the rest of the world is due to expire in nine days time. Tick-Tock, the conference was called. Should the agreement be extended? ‘Salvaged’ […]

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03/05/2018 at 16:28EU Life&Liberty

New EU whistleblower legislation launching next week – but some distance to safe harbour

New EU whistleblower legislation launching next week – but some distance to safe harbour

Brussels, 18/04/2018. The European Commission is expected to propose a new EU-wide whistleblower-protection law within the week. The proposed regulation is an attempt to protect citizens from the often devastating personal consequences they face for simply reporting fraud or corruption, while at the same time erecting safeguards against “malicious or […]

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18/04/2018 at 00:03EU EU_Business

Brexit Shorts

Brexit Shorts

    Brexit-Shorts – being a compilation of instant, sometimes off-the-cuff reactions to the day-to-day Brexit saga …… — Realistic Brexit agreements, and deadlines 03/08/2018. I was gratified to find that cheerleader of the Remain campaign, the Guardian, rushing out a headline story on the same day as my last […]

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15/04/2018 at 11:27EU Life&Liberty

Motorcycling as sustainable transport – what is the future?

Motorcycling as sustainable transport – what is the future?

Brussels, 31/01/2018. ACEM’s ‘Sustainable motorcycling in Europe’ conference last week in Brussels was a fascinating blend between the usual Brussels EU conference (suits, eurocrats, industry execs, etc.) and what has traditionally been seen as a niche pursuit (riding motorcycles). ACEM’s aim (representing as it does the motorcycle manufacturers) is of […]

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30/01/2018 at 22:31Auto Control Culture Life&Liberty

Brexit the right future – for the EU as well as Britain

Brexit the right future – for the EU as well as Britain

      Why Brexit is the right future for the EU, as well as for Britain (in my humble opinion). Brussels, 17/12/2017. It would be unnatural not to have doubts about the wisdom of Brexit. The news reports play a daily tune on the latest setback or political difficulty, […]

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18/12/2017 at 00:00EU EU_Business