Sunday, October 18, 2009

Do you want Tony Blair as EU President?

Well, if you don't, then add your name to this petition:

And pass the message on

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Could this be the question?

Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation to protect (a) whistleblowers and (b) press freedom following the injunctions obtained in the High Court by (i) Barclays and Freshfields solicitors on 19 March 2009 on the publication of internal Barclays reports documenting alleged tax avoidance schemes and (ii) Trafigura and Carter-Ruck solicitors on 11 September 2009 on the publication of the Minton report on the alleged dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, commissioned by Trafigura.

Trafigura and Carter-Ruck threatening democracy

Trafigura is a large (and I mean LARGE)  company which trades in oil and similar things. They have been (allegedly) caught dumping very nasty things in Africa which ave injured, maimed and killed people.

Carter-Ruck are lawyers who work for Trafigura, and Carter-Ruck decided to stop the Guardian reporting a question to be raised in Parliament! Yes, really!

Anyway, the full details are eloquently reported here by MJR:

What we have is a wonderful example of the Streisand Effect, where the attempted muzzling has resulted in vastly greater  public exposure than would have happened if they had done nothing.  

So, pass it on; spread the word........