Steel wall or plastic sieve?

The bulk of this article is taken from the Data Reform Consultation Document from the UK Government.

As members of the European Union (EU) the UK enjoyed the benefits of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This related to the use of personal and sensitive…


We need to talk about immigration

Immigration has a mixed relationship with the United Kingdom (UK) population. It was one of the cornerstones of the decision to leave the European Union (EU). The UK had no control over who was coming into the country, whether they be potential terrorists or…


Or the Pale Rider of the Apocalypse

The 19th of July should have been a day for rejoicing, when the perils of Covid 19 were behind us. Most of the restrictions imposed during the pandemic were lifted. The wearing of masks was no longer a legal requirement and capacity limits…


Education +£1.5billion=bad

The pandemic highlighted, in bright red, the inequalities in UK society. None more so than in education. With the pandemic slowly retreating the fallout affecting education has become stark .

According to Sir Kevan Collins, who at the time was the government education recovery commissioner, there was an…


Not to be sniffed at

The grooming of children for sex is well documented . Not so well documented is the grooming of children to sell drugs, the so called ‘County lines.’

The UK has been relatively successful in cracking down on drug use in the major cities. The dealers…


But they need upgrading

I live opposite a cafe, which before the pandemic was quite busy. Some customers arrived by car; those that consisted of heterosexual couples, the driver was always the man, which in these days of apparent sexual equality, I found strange.

Was it his car? Did he…


Prove it!

The United Kingdom (UK) has a problem with the concept of an identity card. They have visions of being stopped in the street and asked to “show their papers.” So being asked for proof of identity when voting is causing some consternation with civil liberty groups.

The legislation…


Corruption in official life (slang)

Are politicians expected to be honest, trustworthy and put the needs of the country before their own? The clue is in the term, public servant.

In November 2020, the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed that the UK government had awarded £10.5 billion of pandemic related…


Great article. Words of sanity in a world of madness. Woke culture purports to support freedom of speech but in reality only supports freedom of 'acceptable' speech.


While Ireland burns

Northern Ireland is burning, literally from petrol bombs, figuratively from anger and the sense of injustice. A quote from Boris Johnson in 2020 “there will be no border down the Irish Sea-over my dead body.” relating to the Brexit agreement. Brexit happened and the border between the…

Gary Neal

Retired taxi driver, creative writer, experimental poet, computer enthusiast, web design and learning to program

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