Weather in the UK has predictably turned cooler for the Bank Holiday. Much needed rain has hit some regions and even snow Yes it always happens once a drought is declared. School age children are on a two week holiday and parents will be looking for indoor entertainment.
The week begun in the UK with remembrance events for the 30 year anniversary of the Falkland conflict. Argentina and the Falkland Islands also held events, obviously opposing ones. The Falklands remains a possible problem.
The UK coalition government were under attack this week mainly for their hypocrisy in trying to limit the freedoms of its citizens. Secret trials, snooping on emails, Internet usage and messaging, all appear to be on the cards. It seems that whilst the same government may applaud the use of these modern technologies to wage civil wars abroad they fear their use by their own citizens.
After a public outcry UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg weighed in to try and restore calm. However it seems his promises of proper public consultation before any changes are proposed has been ignored. The latest news is that Home Secretary Theresa May has insisted that the proposals will be announced in the forthcoming Queen's Speech. Getting the Queen to do their dirty business, I guess.What would they do should she refuse to play ball?
Mr Clegg is getting into an increasingly difficult situation. It is not untenable but could easily become so. The LIberal Democrats may be the minor party in the coalition but the Tories need them to stay in office. Of course given a little more time the Tories could end up able to win an election outright. All the time the Lib Dems prop the coalition up they are digging themselves into an ever deepening hole. Clegg now faces a barrage of Lib Dem supporters threatening to tear up their party membership cards.
The promise of Freedom of Information is long forgotten. David Cameron continues to preach about his plans for a "Big Society" In truth all he means is UK people doing all for themselves and footing the bill directly. Presumably it helps him sleep nights after he has cut the number of military personnel, police, emergency workers, teachers and more.
The UK remains, believe it or not, still a wonderful place to live. Let's keep it that way and petition the government to keep our Internet freedom. Otherwise this could be the start of worse to come
Today the media has reported that Anonymous has flooded the Home Office website with traffic causing chaos. That may be as a protest about the proposed changes. Please try the simpler way first and lobby your MP. Make sure for once they earn their money. Let us see who really supports UK freedom.
Petition - Stop the UK expansion of Internet snooping powers
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