144 posts • joined Thursday 5th July 2007 13:24 GMT
"The Government respects the privacy of its citizens," said the Government Response to the Lords' report. "We take the protection of their personal information extremely seriously and we are committed to handling it safely and securely."
Do you think they believe this tosh themselves? Are they that deluded?
The laffer curve. And why it doesn't mean what you think it means
"The difficult concept for tax - loving leaders is that by cutting taxes you may get more revenue, not less."
Why do arguments citing the Laffer curve always misrepresent it? Without fail?
"many drug users turn to crime to feed their expensive habbits... How will this change if you legalise the drugs then heavily tax"
You're assuming that this is what would happen. Why not instead give addicts a prescription, so that's essentially free? The market for heroin collapses, dealers are put out of business and the rate of acquisitive crime drops like a stone.
You could pay for this by a (small) tax on softer drugs....
Demanding money with menaces?
What these guys are doing can't be legal.
@Orwell would be proud, this judgement creates the Memory Hole.
Is this old crook still given space in the media for his rambling nonsense?
Is anyone surprised by this?
@It's a moot point...
Well you're either a troll, a labour cabinet minister or are woefully unaware of the facts of this issue.
Hell you could be all three.
Tony "day in day out" McNulty
is an arse.
"Speaking freely to a newspaper in a free country is 'playing into the hands of our enemies'. "
It's also an example of the sort of scaremongering that Rimmington was talking about...
The database is the whole point. You're not getting a card without the database.
So the whole lot has to go.
When it's been binned and everyone responsible for this debacle has been shot into the sun then we can talk.
@Watch 7/7 Ripple Effect...
People like you are part of the problem. Dribble like this makes everyone concerned with the destruction of our privacy and rights look like a paranoid loon.
You want to help? Then STFU.
95% of shoplifters are heroin addicts. The governments continuation of the worst policy failure over the last is the cause of this crime and the excuse for the implementation of the next policy failure, ie mass surveillance for all.
We deserve better than this...
War on Drugs
= EPIC FAIL
"It's a serious indictment of Labour's failure to combat drug crime and stem the flow of drugs onto our streets."
Oh get stuffed, your policies would have the exact same affect.
Acid smiley, just because.
"he should stop crying and read the terms and conditions of those websites. soon as you host any image with them you forfit your copyright over the image"
You should read the terms and conditions because this is NOT TRUE AT ALL.
There is no way I would have signed up to flickr if it would mean surrendering my rights.
I'm seriously tempted to call you an idiot but I'm not going too.
lies, damned lies and..
"Those stats would be attained how exactly? Do they know and count everyone that uses (and how many times) and then work out the ratio of those that are seriously harmed - I doubt it."
The recent harm estimation did exactly that.
Note "mean harm" on the graph. They worked it out in exactly the way you sugest.
politics a little bit of
Well the next election is sewn up before it starts. Groovy Dave's drugs policy is better than Labour's in the same way that herpes is better than AIDS, so that's a step forward. Kind of.
But we deserve better.
We deserve better than to be lied to by crooks who fiddle taxpayers' cash.
We deserve better than to be told what we may and may not do with our own bodies.
We deserve better than to have important policy decisions dictated to us by mouth-breathing cretins who are utterly unable to manage spelling, punctuation and grammar, let alone the avalanche of nonsense that passes for "news" coverage on this issue.
Enough is enough. It's high time something was done. We can sit around and bitch on the internet but no-one who can make a difference is listening.
The political parties will court the hysterical incoherent proles at the Mail and the Sun and will ignore our informed opinion, after all, we can only vote for one of three parties, all with identical policies.
I say no more, I say enough.
The next general election will be decided, like all the previous general elections, by a few thousand people in a few dozen seats around the country. There are the euro elections that no-one bothers to vote in and council elections that are decided on a few hundred votes. The system is rotten to the core. We can make that work to our advantage.
A part founded on completey legalising drugs standing in marginal seats would pick up votes. If we pushed hard enough it could pick up a lot of votes, maybe not a majority but enough to "send a message" as our politcial masters are so fond of saying.
Am I peeing in the wind here? Any thoughts?
You lying, venal, stupid greedy parasite.
I'll believe it when I see it.
and incidentally biometrics are part of the problem, not the solution.
Yes he committed a crime...
just not the one he'd be tried for.
might never happen
So effectively everyone who uses Bit Torrent is a socially retard leech?
Going by the comments above I'd say that this is an emphatic YES.
jesus tapdancing christ
I didn't realise the average age of the Reg was 13.
freetards are ruining the internet for everyone
Seriously, why not just pay for stuff instead of stealing it?
I expect better from the Reg...
Although the trend is unmistakable the figures quoted are ludicrous, and there is a reason for that.
Take a look at the actual survey, it's utterly rigged to get a positive result, as rather well described by Mr. Frizzlepop up thread:
Now I'd expect the lazy drooling spunkbaskets in the dead-tree press to mindlessly regurgitate whatever pan-fried nonsense the government provides, thus allowing them to fill pages with minimal effort, but I expect better from El Reg.
Have a look at the survey questions and see if you can see the problem, and also see why reputable polls from organisations most people have actually heard of show such different results. The government survey is designed to find the best ways to sell the scheme and not get an accurate picture of it's support.
I would expect any properly conducted survey to show a significant majority against the scheme now, after all this 55% is down from a high of 80% some years ago using the same bent methodology.