Weapons of Mass Deference

The defining issue of the Tony Blair era is almost certainly the Iraq War, and I suspect that when most people think of him and his sidekick Alistair Campbell, it’s WMDs and dodgy dossiers that come to mind.  So when the First Tier Tribunal issued a decision recently on a journalist’s attempt to dig into the […]

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Ask a Policeman*

A few weeks ago, Lynne Owens, the Chief Constable of Surrey Police, piously weighed in on the perennial debate that FOI is a waste of money: “The irony is the more FOIA requests to be serviced within legislative guidelines the less officers we can afford”. My fellow blogger Alistair Sloan wrote a fine piece about the whole thing at […]

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Call the Cops

In June 2013, the Swansea-based company CPR Global proudly announced that their nuisance-call-busting Call Blocker had received a significant accolade – the device was now endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers. Having been vetted by their approved agent, the Call Blocker now carries ACPO’s ‘Secured By Design’ logo. It is police approved. Every […]

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