Society

  • Thoughts on the state of Britain right now
    By TruePublica Editor: According to Survation for ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the Tories have a thumping 17-point lead over Labour in the Hartlepool by-election seat. This is a disaster. It is not a disaster for the politics of politics – but it is for decency, honesty and suitability for the role of high office. Among…
  • The Times story about Boris Johnson’s chaotic life says much
    The Times has today published a story entitled – Can Boris Johnson afford to be Prime Minister. The headline does not convey the enormity of its contents. Leaving aside the noise around the supposed £200,000 refurbishment of the Downing Street apartment, unpaid invoices or not, who, how and when – there is so much more…
  • We will all be worse off buying the promises of snake-oil
    By TruePublica Editor: I’ve been around for sixty years. I entered the workforce in 1979. Thatcher had just been elected. The global oil crisis had also just reached its peak and a year later in 1980, a massive deflationary cycle triggered a huge recession.  Thatcher’s policies caused unemployment to rocket and four years later had…
  • C19 Quarantine Hotels – UK citizens recklessly abandoned
    By Rob Woodward: It was February 15th this year when the government finally decided that perhaps it should impose some border restrictions at airports – something it had been heavily criticised for not doing much earlier as a deadly pandemic swept through the country. Quarantine hotels were supposed to be part of solution. It seems…
  • NHS: ‘Centralised and secretive’ medical industrial complex being constructed
    By TruePublica Editor: The mainstream media has remained silent with perhaps only The Guardian scratching the surface of what the government has planned for the NHS – by reporting that – “a new organisation is being set up with the aim of halting future pandemics.” It’s not as it seems though. Matt Hancock said that the UK’s…
  • What Keir Starmer needs to do to win the next election
    By TruePublica Editor: I voted for Thatcher in 1979 (I was 19 at the time from a solid Tory voting family) and 1983 and then for John Major in 1992. I personally met both, shook their hands and spoke with them. They seemed to be very decent people. But by the time 1997 came along,…
  • Coverage of Prince Philip garners most complaints in BBC history, but…
    By Rob Woodward – TruePublica: The BBC’s wall-to-wall coverage of the death of Prince Philip has become the most complained-about moment in British television history. It has elicited one of the most negative reactions to BBC programmes ever seen. The 110,000 complaints received dwarfed the previous record of 63,000 when the BBC was embroiled in a…
  • Global vaccine passports on the way
    Could a QR code open up the world? That is the question in Estonia as it takes a lead in global efforts to develop digital vaccine passports. France24 reports that a small, tech-savvy Baltic EU member state is working on a pilot project with the World Health Organization on how globally recognised electronic vaccine certificates might…
  • One of the most corrupt US healthcare companies now has ‘health advisor’ in No10
    By Rob Woodward – TruePublica: You know that the Tories are ideologically opposed to the NHS. You know that they have spent years undermining it as an institution and you know that if they had their way – private medical healthcare insurance, just as it is in the USA would be the route they would…
  • Tory billionaire bankrolled ‘herd immunity’ scientist who advised PM against lockdown
    A scientist who advised Boris Johnson against introducing a lockdown with herd immunity strategy last autumn was bankrolled by a billionaire Tory donor, openDemocracy revealed at the weekend. Johnson’s apparent U-turn decision to not impose lockdown, which experts say may have resulted in an estimated 1.3 million extra COVID infections, came just 24 hours after…
  • The end of civil liberty as we know it
    By Mark Johnson: Mission creep is defined as ‘the tendency for a task… to become unintentionally wider in scope than its initial objectives’. The government’s initial mission, when introducing Covid-19 restrictions across the UK, was to save lives and to ensure that the NHS was not overwhelmed, not destroy our civil liberty. Now, it is considering…
  • How government voter ID plans are expensive and dangerous
    By TruePublica Editor: Whilst the government is supposed to be one hundred per cent focused on the pandemic, it is taking time out and full advantage to ensure it changes as many democratic checks and balances as possible to ensure it wins the next general election. From online voter suppression tactics and censorship of information…
  • Privacy: End game for end-to-end encryption
    By Heather Burns: Last week, Wired has reported that the Home Office is actively exploring legal and technical mechanisms to compel Facebook and WhatsApp to break end-to-end encryption messaging. The article states that:   “Since Facebook’s announcement on the extension of end-to-end encryption in 2019, Patel has grown increasingly impatient and vocal about the dangers…
  • Humanity has reached a critical decade
    By John Scales Avery: A new report, published on 14 March 2021 in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ journal Ambio, points out that humanity is hurtling towards destruction unless we have the collective wisdom to change course quickly (source). The Ambio article was written as part of the preparation of a meeting of Nobel…
  • Storytelling – the art of changing someone’s mind
    By ViewPublica Editor – Strategic Communications: When I was rising up through the ranks of one of the biggest financial institutions in the world, I noticed that members of the main board very commonly used stories to make their point, to persuade people or at the very least influence the outcome of decision making. I…
  • Banned – but thousands of ‘holidaymakers’ arrive every day into UK
    Notice anything about the UK’s so-called ‘red-list travel ban countries? (as at 05/04/21) Angola Argentina Bangladesh (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April) Bolivia Botswana Brazil Burundi Cape Verde Chile Colombia Democratic Republic of the Congo Ecuador Eswatini Ethiopia French Guiana Guyana Kenya (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9…
  • Lawyers threatened with bankruptcy for taking on Home Office
    By TruePublica: The senior partner at an independent law firm located near London, established for 30 years, has just published the following information on his blog, which is very concerning (source). In essence, lawyers are now being threatened by the Home office with huge personal losses, which could easily lead to personal bankruptcies for simply making an application to…
  • State Surveillance: Internal Covid Passes to be announced
    “Ministers are discussing drawing up a list of “essential” places, including hospitals, GP surgeries and supermarkets, where Covid passes or passports would not be used, as Boris Johnson prepares to announce next week whether they will become a feature of British life” – reports The Times today. Ominous words aren’t they – ‘they will become…
  • Surveillance: How the FBI identifies and rounds up dissidents
    By John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead: Data-bit by data-bit, we are building our own electronic surveillance concentration camps. With every new smart piece of smart technology we acquire, every new app we download, every new photo or post we share online, we are making it that much easier for the government and its corporate partners to…
  • VIDEO: 18 Yrs ago this week: How the media enabled the Iraq War
    18 yrs ago this week, the Iraq War began – and we should never forget how the Media Sold, Enabled & Whitewashed the War. By 2015 the Shocking Truth Of UK Involvement In The Deaths of 6-8 million in Iraq and Afghanistan had become clear. The Middle East collapsed into an environment of tribal terror…
  • Europe cannot rubber stamp the UK’s data laws
    The United Kingdom is currently awaiting a decision from Europe on whether it provides adequate standards of data protection. This would mean personal data could flow from Europe to data controllers in the UK without the need for costly administrative burdens. The European Commission has produced a draft decision seeking to grant adequacy to the…
  • World Bank blacklists anonymous UK firm acting ‘fraudulently’
    The World Bank has blacklisted an anonymously owned UK shell firm after exposing “fraudulent practices” in an emergency medical aid programme. In the latest blow to the reputation of British corporate governance, the lender has banned Edinburgh-registered NovoLine Resources LP from bidding in its procurement processes for three and a half years. The move came…
  • Forbes advises – steer clear of Palantir
    There’s a good reason why the British taxpayer should not be exposed to Palantir Technologies, the company at the heart of a legal case to stop them from securing mass NHS patient data. They are not trustworthy. Here are some of the headlines about the company: Forbes headline: How A ‘Deviant’ Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded…
  • Palantir – UK Gov’t sued for selling critical NHS database to foreign power
    At TruePublica, we took the view that Britain should not be ‘world-beating’ at being the most surveilled nation of any Western democracy in the world. For five years we reported with our partners that state surveillance and the ending of privacy was a matter of public interest, not a political plaything for some politicians to…