Tell ’em to blog off.

Stolen from Guido Fawkes, and like others I urge everyone with a blog to reprint and share:


A free and open world increasingly depends on a free and open internet. The internet empowers everyone — anyone can blog, create, learn, and share.

It is controlled by no one — no single organisation, individual, or government. It connects the world.

Today, more than two billion people are online — about a third of the planet.

Hacked Off supporter Max Mosley told parliament he wants the government “to cut off the wires” to websites he thinks should be censored. Millionaire celebrities like Hugh Grant want to regulate free speech on the internet.

They want laws to force dissident refusenik bloggers to risk paying exemplary fines if they refuse to submit to the regulator.

The Hacked Off-drafted press control Royal Charter aims to regulate any blog which carried news-related material aimed at readers in the United Kingdom.

Tell Max Mosley we will not be cut off, tell Hugh Grant we will not be regulated, we will not be fined.

Keep the world wide web open and free. Sign the petition here.

Alan Turing on £10 note petition has had a response

The e-petition ‘Put Alan Turing on the next £10 note’ signed by you recently reached 21,996 signatures and a response has been made to it as the e-petition has received more than 10 000 signatures:

The Bank of England has been including historic characters on its notes since 1970. The Bank welcomes suggestions from members of the public for individuals who might feature on future banknotes, and publishes a list of these suggestions on its website. These suggestions inform the process when a new note is under consideration.

The mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing features on the list which can be found at:

This e-petition remains open to signatures and will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee should it pass the 100 000 signature threshold.

You can add to the petition here.


Who voted yesterday in the badger cull debate

Yesterday parliament had a back bencher debate on the badger cull after the online e-petition gained over 150,000 signatures against the culling of badgers in an effort to combat bovine tuberculosis.

The following list are the MP’s who voted at the end of the debate. Those who voted ayes we those who are against the cull (the motion was about stopping the cull).

For most the noes list are the ones of interest, it’s those MP’s who are for a cull.
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The Badger Cull is to be debated next week

After getting over 157,000 people signing an e-petition about the Badger Cull, it’s going to be debated in a weeks time, Thursday October 25th.

Earlier the speaker of the house announced next week’s order of business with the following entry: (emphasis is mine)

Thursday 25 October—Presentation of a report by the International Development Select Committee: DFID’s work in Afghanistan. This is expected to last 20 minutes. It will be followed by a debate on a motion relating to the badger cull. The subject for this debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee.

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Debate in the Westminster Hall about Alan Turing

Yesterday there was a debate in Westminster Hall about Alan Turing.

It’s quite a long read but here’s the full transcript of that debate.

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The EU & Space Weather monitoring

Whilst doing my daily read through Hansard on the train is morning I came across this written answer in the House of Lords about monitoring Space Weather:

Asked by Lord Hunt of Chesterton

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, in collaboration with other European countries and the European Space Agency, to establish a European system for monitoring, forecasting and disseminating information on space weather. [HL839]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): The UK Space Agency is working with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a space situational awareness programme. An element of this programme covers the development of operational space weather monitoring facilities, including space borne instruments, ground based sensors and telescopes. A further element of the programme addresses the provision and dissemination of space weather forecasts and event warnings by setting up a pilot space weather service centre with expert advisers, a support helpdesk, an archive and a web portal.

This is an optional ESA programme and UK participation must be subject to review against other calls on the space agency budget. A draft business case supporting participation has been prepared by agency staff in consultation with the UK space weather community and interested stakeholders.

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Uk budget for Space Technology is only £10m this year

This is a written answer made in the UK parliament yesterday & shows now our government still doesn’t get space technology. I’m surprised on how much we actually do with so little government support. To be honest most members of the public wouldn’t even know how important the UK space industry really is:

Space Technology: Finance

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding he has allocated to the National Space Technology Programme in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what the projected funding is in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14. [113837]

Mr Willetts: The National Space Technology Programme is a new UK Space Agency programme announced in the 2011 Budget to promote growth in the UK space sector. £10 million was allocated and will have been fully awarded in competition to industry by the end of 2012-13. Aided by private sector investment and support from other Government organisations, the total programme volume is expected to reach £27 million.

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