I covered the petition while it climbed from around 600,000 to 5 million signatures. Now it sits at 6 million and will be debated in Parliament tomorrow. April 1st. What an apt date. Given the original response to the petition I doubt much will change but with 10% of the country now having signed, it's about time the conversation evolved from 'delivering' the impossible to doing what's best for the country and its citizens. Austerity hasn't worked and neither will Brexit. You don't need to be particularly clever to see that.
Posted 31st Mar 2019 @ 15:03
It's natural for Facebook's investors to want a return and they put monetisation at the top of their agenda. Curating your newsfeed was, is and will continue to be a nightmare and they compounded it by turning your behaviour into a commodity.
Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree. I've come to believe that we shouldn't make so many important decisions about speech on our own
This should not have been a surprise to anyone, let alone Mark Zuckerberg. Lawmakers tell him they have too much power? Why isn't anyone at Facebook telling him that?
A fifth area has been missed here and that's disinformation . Be it politics or vaccinations, the spread of information that cannot be described as anything other than false is so harmful to us all.
Posted 30th Mar 2019 @ 21:44
A well illustrated piece by the BBC on what could happen next and how. Why a referendum or cancelling Brexit are not priority options is a mystery to me.
Posted 29th Mar 2019 @ 17:01
Great piece by Axios on where things stand but this point is disheartening for anyone that voted to stay or now believes in remaining:
- Never? It would take a series of unforeseen events to get to that point, but it's still a possibility.
They also link to a great piece called How the UK lost Brexit battle on POLITICO. This quote:
“We will negotiate the terms of a new deal before we start any legal process to leave.”
Was preceded by this:
...the bloc's remaining 27 national governments were urged to speak with one voice and to insist that the U.K. leave through the Article 50 process set down in EU law.
It's astonishing that anyone in government could expect the EU to act in any other way and yet the arrogance and recklessness of the politicians in the UK has us nowhere near any of the Brexiteers had promised to take us.
Posted 29th Mar 2019 @ 12:00