Articles tagged: Spin doctors

What part of surveillance society don’t you understand, Jacqui?

April 27, 2009

It almost beggars belief that the UK government, rebuffed in its anti-democratic plans to use the EU Data Retention Directive as a cover to create a database of all communication between citizens, is ploughing the same sordid furrow, using public data from social networking sites to to create ‘profiles’ of potential subversives. We wrote about this last month: Your-mentally-challenged-sociopathic-big-brother-is-hacking-facebook so I won’t go over old ground, but today’s BBC news rehash of the argument shows that the government is so far removed from reality and public opinion that it is... More

Email update: Brown sends personal letters of apology and abdicates government blame

April 14, 2009

Over 72 hours after the McBride/Draper/Whelan poisoned email plot was revealed, and 12 hours after UK Government Minister Alan Johnson had denied the need to do so on national radio, Gordon Brown stopped saving the world for a minute and tried instead to save his own skin. The fact that he still refuses to issue a formal government statement – a personal, handwritten letter of regret to those maligned is not the same thing – demonstrates either extraordinary bad judgement, bad advice, dissociation from reality or maybe all of the... More

Derek Draper, psycho therapist, and his friends McPoison and Whelan

April 13, 2009

There is little I can add to the well-published facts surrounding the odious activities of the head of Downing St. Strategy and Planning Unit, Damian McBride, except to state the facts. He was one of Gordon Brown’s most senior and long-standing aides, a fellow Scot, known in media circles as ‘McPoison,’ partly for his habit of sending vicious and intimidatory texts to journalists who failed to toe the party line. He was paid a ‘six figure’ salary by the UK taxpayer to smear detractors at the government’s behest. His resignation... More