Tag Archives: George Orwell

Conservatives a careless brand

Last week, I dutifully recorded Ed Miliband’s speech at the Labour Conference.

I watched it in the evening and stayed up late writing my post only to find that, apart from the unique human insights to which you are accustomed, most of my views were reflected across the mass media.

“Get a life”, said the wife. So less to read this week, you will be pleased to hear.

In 2007, I advised the Conservatives how to win the last election. You can read it here: ‘The Conservatives may be doing the right thing, but in the wrong way’. In the same post, months before the riots, I told them the human effect of their savage cuts would be social chaos. Alienating people is not good leadership. Read more on Conservatives a careless brand…

Libya

I am sorry, but in a week where all my spare time has been spent toying with the vitally important issue of my new iPad, all I can do is ask you to re-read my posts on Libya:

‘Gaddafi, Imran Khan and Behavioural Insights’ – http://bit.ly/egDW5L

‘David Cameron, Eton and George Orwell’ – http://bit.ly/eHjR4Z Read more on Libya…

David Cameron, Eton and George Orwell

I do feel gloating, common amongst footballers and politicians, to be most unseemly behaviour. The words ‘I told you so’ are rather distasteful too, so sorry about this….

In my blog post dated 29 October 2010 ‘The Conservatives may be doing the right thing , but in the wrong way’ (still my most-read post), I predicted that the proposed spending cuts would lead to ‘social chaos’. This was proved to be true by the student riots on 10 November 2010 and then again with the anti-cut protestors on Saturday (26 March 2011). Read more on David Cameron, Eton and George Orwell…

Social Media 2010 Legacy 2 – Privacy and Transparency

I already had Transparency and Privacy down as a discussion point but the recent torrent of media comment about Wikileaks has left me completely out of my depth.

The implications are just so immense. 

After all, how can the following Wikileak, plucked at random from the ‘Enemy Action’ file of 130,781 documents out of the total 466,743 documents in ‘Iran & Afghan War
Logs Explorer’, make any sense to a simple soul like me? 

“KAF-1BDE -S3 REPORTS: SUMMIT 09 B CO ELEMENT SALUTE REPORT AS FOLLOWS: S- 3-4 PAX, A- SMALL ARMS FIRE, L-IVO 42 SWB 3910 1617, U-UNK, T-0415Z, E-AK-47. 0448Z ENEMY ELEMENTS BROKEN CONTACT. 0442Z AIR QRF PREPOSITIONED TO ORGUN-E. 0550Z UPDATE SUMMIT 09 B CO ELEMENT HAS REGAINED CONTACT. SALUTE REPORT AS FOLLOWS: S-3-4 PAX, A-SMALL ARMS FIRE, L-IVO 42 SWB 3902 1627, U-UNK, T-0540Z, E-AK-47. 0620Z UNIT IS NO LONGER IN CONTACT. REPORTING INDICATES POSSIBLY 3X SUSPECTED ACM''S WERE KIA.” Read more on Social Media 2010 Legacy 2 – Privacy and Transparency…

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