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Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Just Wondering

George Osborne's visits to Corfu placed him at the centre of a new row today when his department signalled a major U-turn on illegal downloads less than a month after he met a Hollywood mogul on the Greek island.

Ministers are considering bringing in special powers to cut off internet users who share copyrighted films and music, an option that was rejected earlier this year by Lord Carter, the former Digital Britain minister and ex-Downing Street special adviser, when he completed his major review of internet communication.

The timing of the announcement could cause problems for the Chancellor. Mr Osborne met and dined with David Geffen, the billionaire producer, on August 7. Hollywood film companies are losing hundreds of millions of pounds from illegal downloads, and have launched a huge effort to change the law to make piracy harder.

They dined with members of the Rothschild banking dynasty at the family's holiday villa on Corfu. Mr Osborne was reported to have ordered officials to prepare a U-turn on his return from holiday days later, although officials insist it was not his decision alone.

"Until Osborne's diary is published in 30 years, I don't think anyone will really know what happened," one source said.
I was just wondering whether I'd still think the whole business looks dodgy if it was Osborne instead of Lord you-know-who-of-what-and-where-but-not-why. And it does. Something like this would be all over the BBC if the shoe was on the other foot. Mandelson's links with the movers and shakers of the new world order should be severed, preferably at about crotch level, with a rusty implement.
Major u-turn on downloads
UPDATE: 4,000 join Pirate Party UK on Facebook

5 comments:

  1. "Something like this would be all over the BBC"
    You bet it would and Labour would be at 72% in the polls and The Tories 14% if the whole position were reversed. In fact Labour expect this to be the case after The BBC blame every day of a Tory Government in office as being nothing to do with 13 years of Socialist shit. You see, socilism never stinks, does it?

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  2. OR, all the more reason why Cameron should, within his first week of office, publish the accounts of Britain PLC, along with the implications for the coming years.

    The Tories failed to do this in the '80s and so the recession and joblessness was blamed on the Tories.

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  3. Yes, I hope he does Fausty - I've heard this is being considered so let's hope they actually do it. OR, you're spot on - the only relief would be that Brown and Blair would be nowhere to be seen or heard (we don't count Europe).

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  4. Socialism: a process of wealth-sharing where everyone gets a cut - except the people.

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  5. And guess where they dined? The mansion of the Rothschilds

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