The targets of such digital surveillance have been mostly foreign to the US, although the system they use only has a 51 per cent confidence measure, which means that pretty much anyone could be on the list. Other governments have also been implicated, including the UK.
Here’s a list of interesting points about the beliefs of young Britons today, put together by the Economist in a recent leader.
Most young people believe…
1) Sexual preference and homosexuality are just non-issues. Young people in Britain really don’t care what others get up to at home – or even in public – and the government shouldn’t either. Gay marriage? Meh.
2) Mass immigration is something we should worry about. Facing appalling job prospects, young people are concerned that immigration is becoming a problem. All the same, they wish politicians wouldn’t keep banging on about it.
3) Less than 30 per cent of those under 35 think that welfare is one of Britain’s proudest achievements (compared to 61 per cent of post-WW2 baby boomers). They think Britain actually spends too much on welfare and support cutting down on the amount of government funding it gets.
4) Global warming is a biggie.
5) Tesco can rule the world if it wants, just so long as it still sells cheap food.
Britain has lost its perspective. Either that or its had one too many pints. Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, had to flee demonstrators in Edinburgh yesterday who were calling him racist, and take refuge in a pub. Safe in a BBC radio studio after he had been extracted by police, he called the demonstrators “fascist scum“.
This depresses me hugely, because it it synonymous with why Britain is in decline. Here are the three big problems:
The counting may not be over, but the result of Britain’s local elections seems pretty clear: the country is now a four-party state. The UK Independence Party is projected to win at least a quarter of votes. They’ve been labelled “patriots” by their supporters and “racists” by their detractors. So what does UKIP’s rise mean for Britain?
On Thursday this week, some nasty details came out of Syria – it looks likely that chemical weapons have been used on the civilian population. Images of victims allegedly attacked earlier in the month with sarin nerve gas show frothing at the mouth, and at least four people have died.
Apparently nothing (except the threat of nuclear war) actually happened in the world since Maggie Thatcher died. I really did try to look for something else to write about, but in the end I just gave in.