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Your data – whose property?

by Owen Temple on 10 February, 2014

Alerted by a tweet from a reader I’ve looked more deeply into what the NHS does and proposes to do with our data. It concerns me. Their own leaflet, “Better information means better care”, makes it clear that the NHS already releases information from hospitals and other non-GP parts of the NHS – what could […]

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Human Trafficking

by Owen Temple on 1 February, 2010

I was recently contacted by the Parliamentary all party working group on this subject. The statistics are apalling, and the frightening thing is how widespread the problem is throughout Britain. Over twelve thousand victims in this country alone. Human Trafficking is one the top three most lucrative manifestations of organised crime – along with drug […]

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ID Card debate

by Owen Temple on 8 May, 2009

You can hardly have missed the fact that the government is planning to “pilot” ID cards in Manchester, initially for £30 and then moving to £60 once pharmacies and other outlets are used to collect fingerprints. I’ve never hidden the fact that I am opposed to these cards being made compulsory. There aren’t many people I […]

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Liberal Democrats have uncovered the Governments latest installment of ‘Big Brother’ society with plans to monitor activity on social networking sites. Home Office minister Vernon Coaker revealed the shocking proposals in a series of exchanges with Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman Tom Brake.

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Keeping them honest

by Owen Temple on 3 April, 2009

Sometimes Lib Dems are accused of being obsessed with parish-pump politics, and it is true that getting involved at the street level can make you forget the wider world. That’s why I thought I’d share with you a story from Merseyside where a young lad handed into the police a mobile phone he’d found  – […]

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Political virility test?

by Owen Temple on 9 June, 2008

A visitor from Mars might wonder why the British Government has set up Wednesday as a battleground on which to stake its reputation; a Parliamentary showdown in which it proves it has the political muscle to introduce six-week long detention without trial. Our Martian would observe that such dangerously radical countries as the USA, Canada and New Zealand each allow […]

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Stop ID Cards

by Owen Temple on 2 June, 2008

I recently received an appeal from NO2ID. It’s an organisation fighting the introduction of ID Cards. I have supported it previously, but perhaps I’ve grown complacent. The movement towards ID cards has been so slow that it’s been almost imperceptible. So I say well done to NO2ID for reminding me that those of us who care about this issue mustn’t […]

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