Author Archive for Lord Haskel

Extraordinary debate in the Lords

Lord Haskel

There was an unusual event in the Lords chamber on Friday when 146 cadets and 46 veterans filled the government and opposition benches.  Friends and family occupied the galleries and cross benches.  Many were in uniform and amongst the veterans were Chelsea pensioners in their red coats.  A lively and colourful scene in the grandeur…

The Big Care Debate

Lord Haskel

On Friday afternoon 7th December there is going to be a debate in the House of Lords about who should be responsible for providing support for the vulnerable in our society. In one way or another, all of us are affected.  How care is funded, its quality, the ability to deliver it and its continuity. …

Last Word on Privacy

Lord Haskel

This is my last word on privacy on the internet because the debate and discussion is now everywhere.  The EU Commission, 39 US Attorneys General, the press – even the Financial Times had an editorial about it – and in the bloggersphere.     To retain our goodwill hopefully businesses will try to strike a sensible…

More invasion of our privacy

Lord Haskel

The Facebook prospectus told us how the company is using and profiting from our personal data. I have just learned that here in America the address book on your smartphone is routinely collected by app developers when you download their app. According to a well researched article in Thursday’s New York Times (16 February 2012)…

The Facebook Prospectus

Lord Haskel

Looking through the 186 pages of the Facebook prospectus provides an insight into the internet today.  Gone are the days when surfing the net was instructive, pleasurable and yes fun.  We believed in internet neutrality. When surfing today we have to bear in mind that what we look at and what we do on the…