Wednesday, 21 May 2008

on collecting and losing data

First it was the government, now its the turn of the Tories. The names, addresses, telephone numbers and voting intention of 8,000 voters in Crewe and Nantwich, as collected by the Tory canvassing team, were sent to Manx Radio by the Conservatives, who then forwarded it on to the local paper in Crewe.

Interestingly, all recipients claim they deleted the email (perhaps even the copy in their deleted items folder).

Yesterday, the government announced they were considering plans to hold a database of every telephone call made and every email sent in the UK. David Davis Saddo Home Secretary stated,

"Given [ministers'] appalling record at maintaining the integrity of databases holding people's sensitive data, this could well be more of a threat to our security than a support."

You can't make this stuff up.

Given my last prediction and how that turned out, I'm a bit wary of making one on tomorrow's by-election. However, I don't think the Conservatives will win. This is based on the fact that when people were interviewed on how they voted in the local elections a few weeks ago, the majority stated that although they would vote for the Conservatives to send a message to Gordon Brown in a local election, at a national level this would not be the case, especially not in the North. It all depends on how the voters in Crewe and Nantwich see tomorrow's election.


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