Those halcyon days with Labour Governments in Australia and Britain…
Two things caught my eye this morning. The first was an article by Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke talking about, well I don’t know (read it yourself and see if you can work it out), but certainly extolling the virtues of Labour-run Australia:
Those halcyon days with Labour Governments in Australia and Britain did help us leverage a progressive agenda together on the world stage…
The financial crisis saw Brown and Rudd redefine world economic geography…
The second was an article on Slashdot: Your Rights Online: AU Government Censors Document On Planned Web Snooping:
The Australian Government plans to force ISPs to record and retain all citizens’ communications traffic. The Sydney Morning Herald requested that the proposed policy documents be released under Freedom of Information laws. What they received was a document that was 90% censored, in order to prevent ‘premature unnecessary debate.’ More discussion on the Greyhat Security site.
It’s worth actually looking at the effect of the halcyon days of Labour on democracy and freedom of information.
These are fairly random pages and typical of the whole document. But note the bottom left page (click the image for better resolution, and then use your browser to zoom in to see it clearly). One visible paragraph reads:
The UK experience has also shown that the availability of this information can be of great benefit in providing exculpatory evidence, allowing police to rule out a person from an investigation, and to Coroners determining the circumstances leading up to death.
Can anyone tell me what this means? Are there any lawyers, policemen or Coroners in the UK who can explain and confirm or deny this comment?