The Right to Privacy and the Digital Revolution

Are you interested in the collection and analysis of ‘big data’? Are you concerned about the impact the collection of data could have on protecting human rights? Are you affronted and seriously worried about the amount of data that the government (or ‘the state’) has about you? Or, are you more like me, much more […]

Not bothered, don’t care, we’ll blame you anyway

“Not bothered, don’t care, we’ll blame you anyway…” was the message that the government sent to councils, of all political controls and none, when it cancelled the Local Government Finance Settlement announcement last week and deferred it to a date yet to be announced.Only a few weeks ago, I wrote that, as the Chancellor of the […]

Land value – time for reform

Land value – time for reformIn September, I wrote1 about the investigation by and the report from the all-party Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee, which I chair, in to Land Values.2 3I am pleased to say that a wide range of organisations and individuals, across the political and professional spectrum, have also now reflected on the issues […]

Christopher Grayling – the exception that proves the rule.

Generally, I don’t believe in personalising differences of opinion. I prefer to stick to dealing with the government’s policies and, where appropriate, being critical of them rather than the minister who is promoting them.But, I have to tell you that I am prepared to make an exception in the case of the government’s Transport Minister, […]

No Bo Jo!

Today’s papers reveal that Boris Johnson has joined the so-called Pizza Gang (all thin crust and not much on top) of five in Mrs May’s Cabinet who are busy trying to undermine her Brexit deal. Now, let me be clear. I don’t have much time for Mrs May’s deal either, but I wouldn’t have started […]