Back in May you may recall the French government said "Oui" to a new and strict set of anti-piracy laws. These laws, which in my view are unworkable, allow a sort of "three strikes and you're out" approach to piracy offenders. It's simple; first a government agency dispatches a strongly worded email, then a letter. If the piracy persists, the pirate is disconnected from the internet for a year.
If The Times newspaper is to be believed it would appear the sun is beginning to set on the Dubai property bubble. Dubai World, the developers of the frankly breathtaking but rather arrogant Palm Jumeirah, a luxury development in the shape of a Palm, are reportedly in massive financial trouble. The Times reports they are in discussions with the Dubai government and hoping to suspend their debt repayments.
One of my all time favourite films of the last ten years is the futuristic action movie Minority Report. I remember watching in fascination as our hero John Anderton passed through a shopping centre of the future. The whole sequence was brilliant. Billboards and advertising changed as people walked past, tannoy systems in shops welcomed you back and asked how your last purchase was working out. It was both a scary and tantalising view of the future.
The election messages continue to dance around reality. I did arithmetic at primary school, but did the politicians?
Here's my maths. The government spends £400 for every £300 it receives, spending half our national income. If the country earned £800 per annum, the government spends £400, of which £100 is borrowed. Total government debt would be £500, rising by £100 per annum. This is less than six years away from going down the pan like Greece.
My view of the UK democratic process has changed almost overnight. Having sat through the excruciating second and third readings of the Digital Economy Bill, along with half of the Internet, it would seem my faith has been rocked.