Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Bletchley Park: Where your PC was born!

Bletchley Park
This morning's link is to the site celebrating the house where Alan Turing and others broke the Nazi Enigma code in WW2. Less celebrated is the fact that Churchill ordered the destruction of everything after the war because he felt the technology was too dangerous to be made public. As a result, the work was developed by American Intelligence (who also co-opted a few ex-nazis for good measure) after the war and Britain pretty much lost all claim to the innovations that run our world today.

USA Intelligence today is of course a misnomer. "Unintelligent" (in the extreme) seems to be the word that best describes their ability to interpret information. There's litle problem with their now mind-boggling technology, but there's one hell of a problem with their mindset. Glued to yesterday's broadcast of British MP George Galloway combating the American Senate was theatre of the absurd - my only regret was that as a party leader (Respect) he was unable to attend Britain's new parliament opening and give Blair an equally effective performance.

Like many, my heart goes out to Kylie. Behind the flirtation and public mask there is a very spirited woman there and I'm sure she has the strength to overcome whatever transpires. I don't have the direct links to hand, but CBS News has had a lot of coverage on breast-cancer recently with good interactive features on symptons and the recent announcement that new cures have been found.

Kylie and Galloway almost overshadowed Britain's big news - Blair's new intentions as the listening (?) authoritarian governor...


• Animal Welfare Bill
• Armed Forces Bill
• Charities Bill
• Childcare Bill
• Child Contact and Inter-Country Adoption Bill
• Civil Aviation Bill
• Commissioner for Older People (Wales)
• Common Land Bill
• Company Law Bill
• Compensation Bill
• Consumer Credit Bill
• Corporate Manslaughter Bill
• Counter Terrorism Bill (draft)
• Coroner Reform Bill (draft)
• Criminal Defence Bill
• Crossrail Bill
• Education Bill
• Electoral Administration Bill
• Equality Bill
• EU Accession Bill
• European Union Bill
• Fraud Bill
• Government of Wales Bill
• Housing Benefit Bill
• House of Lords Reform Bill
• Health Improvement and Protection Bill
• Identity Cards Bill
• Immigration and Asylum Bill
• Incapacity Benefit Bill
• Incitement to Religious Hatred Bill
• Judicial Pensions Bill
• Legal Services Bill (draft)
• Management of Offenders and Sentencing Bill
• Marine Bill (draft)
• Mental Health Bill
• Merchant Shipping Bill
• Natural Environment Bill
• NHS Redress Bill
• National Lottery Bill
• Northern Ireland Counter- Terrorism Bill
• Northern Ireland Election Bill
• Olympics Bill
• Parental Rights Bill
• Pensions Bill (draft)
• Protecting Vulnerable Groups Bill
• Regulation of Financial Services Bill
• Regulatory Reform Bill
• Road Safety Bill
• Tourism Accommodation (Wales) Bill (draft)
• Transport (Wales) Bill
• Violent Crime Bill

The big question is whether his own party backbenchers will support him because of the lack of majority or whether they'll oppose him to negate his majority in getting new legislation through. Commentators seem to think he'll be able to do a lot of meddling by changing the rules under existing legislation where he can't push new legislation through an increasingly rebellious-sounding House of Lords.

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