Let's admit it: Britain is now a developing country.
Gender equality? The WEF ranks us behind Nicaragua and Lesotho. Investment by business? The Economist thinks we are struggling to keep up with Mali. Let me put it more broadly, Britain is a rich country accruing many of the stereotypical bad habits of a developing country.
Aditya Chakrabortty discusses the increasing hollowing out of the UK economy, as well as the City as an economically distorting resource curse.
MI6 intends to use the 1994 Intelligence Services Act to deny all application of UK law to extraordinary rendition.
The case in question revolves around the forcible extradition of several Libyan dissidents back to Gaddafi's Libya and entirely predictable torture, including a pregnant woman. s.7 of the Act states that any intelligence agency action authorised on foreign soil by a Secretary of State is automatically exempt from legal action in any UK court. This could be said to conflict in some ways with the Human Rights Act 1998 and international law, especially since the HRA may be held to have implicitly repealed s.7 of the 1994 Act. [more inside]
UK respite and foster parents may no longer be homophobic, even when it is due to religious belief.
An English Christian couple acting as foster parents have been banned from further placements due to their statement that they could not tell children that homosexual relationships were of equal value, with judges stating that their claims that adoption should still be allowed as a "a travesty of reality
". Reaction from the UK religious right (such as it is) is venomous
. [more inside]
You've heard of the Swedish Pirate Party.
You may have seen their their elected MEP
, and their 50,000 members
. You may even have heard of the German Pirate Party's thousand members
. But now the Open Rights Group
does not stand alone in the UK's digital rights movement. On June 30th, the British Pirate Party
. Press reaction is here
. [more inside]