Information Landmine

"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Maybe someone should look into that

If you haven't read that New York Times piece on the News of the World phone hacking case, do. It's all good, muck-raking stuff. Of particular interest is the role of Scotland Yard. What makes the thing really fun, though, is the way that the News of the World has responded:

The paper has accused The New York Times of being motivated by rivalry with The Wall Street Journal, owned, like News of the World, by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Now I don't doubt that there's some truth to that, but does the Murdoch Media Empire really want to go down this road? Because, yeah, now you mention it, it does seem like only the papers which aren't owned by Rupert Murdoch are covering this thing, doesn't it? It's almost like media ownership determines the editorial line.

Friday, September 03, 2010

It's guess the missing words round

“In my view, we should have taken a --- ------ way out of the economic crisis: kept direct tax rates competitive, had a gradual rise in VAT and other indirect taxes to close the deficit, and used the crisis to push further and faster on reform.”

Can you guess the missing words and whom the quote is from? No? Failed? Well, the missing words are New Labour and it’s a quote from “his highness” Tony Blair, arguing for lower taxes, increases in indirect taxes such as VAT (that hit the poor the hardest) and less government. That my friends from the most successful leader the Labour party has ever had.

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