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The OBR

The OBR

The Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) was founded by George Osborne as part of his shredding of George Brown’s reputation. He wanted and independence badge to put on the economic forecasts on which fiscal policy was based. He accused Brown of making it up. Anyway now we have the OBR, here are my notes and links …

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Port of London

Port of London

I was looking up some stats on the Port of London, the UK’s biggest port beating Grimsby & Hull, but only just. This was to help me write some stuff on the FTCA and London. Here are my links and notes …

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Freeports 2022

Freeports 2022

There’s a lot of noise on the left about Freeport/Charter Cities. What are they and how dangerous to democracy and workers’ rights are they? Here are my notes.

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Wages, rents and profit

Wages, rents and profit

Much of the campaigning in favour of the current wave of strikes poses them as defensive, and quotes the excess in profits being made. I wonder what the stats say, the National Income consists of wages, rents and profits. Here are my notes …

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Copyright law and streaming

Copyright law and streaming

Kevin Brennan MP, introduced a private member’s bill earlier this year to establish the right to ‘equitable’ remuneration for musicians and composers for use of their material on streaming platforms. It would seem that this is an attempt to implement a series of recommendations from the DCMS Select Committee. (I think the bill will fail to leave the Commons as most private member’s bill do.) See below/overleaf for more notes and links.

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The EU’s data strategy

The EU’s data strategy

Just come off an IAPP webinar called, “The EU’s Strategy for Data: What the DSA, DMA, DGA mean for privacy”. These stand for Digital Services/Market/Governance Acts. I wonder if this the EU’s equivalence of the UK’s Data: A new direction. Much of the seminar, or the bit I stayed for was does this conflict with the GDPR. The answer is probably; it will certainly increase the cost of compliance.  I have written a couple of times here and on my linkedin blog that I believe the Commission has always been more aligned with business need and the needs of the security services where as the Parliament and the A29WP and its successor the EDPSB have been more pro-citizen. Both are concerned about the market dominance of the US datenkraken, but that boat has probably sailed. Here are my noted and links. …