ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Monday Monday… JIMMY REID: VOICE OF THE FUTURE FROM THE PAST

It always pays to look back over old books, especially if they are only partly read. Recently, I came across a book I’d forgotten (I had all but forgotten the author) and while re-reading Power Without Principles, published in Edinburgh ten years ago, I was struck by how little the book had ‘dated’ and partiucularly how much it applies to today, and how all the wrong things in the world that Jim Reid lucidly describes with great prescience are still present, only worse. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday – PRIVACY, PRESS INVASION, COPYRIGHT, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY etc.

Many topics, but all interrelated! Information fed to the press by whistle-blowers about the extravagent expenses of M.P.s and others is leading to a political showdown that is generally welcomed, except by those involved. Other press revelations about the phone-tapping of mobile telephones to get spicy details about private matters is more questionable, and there have been some high-profile cases involving plagiarism of established copyright, as well as libel about such press figures as Lord Black and Desmond, owner of the Daily Express and many erotic publications. The whole question now arises: what is it good for us to know, how important is it to protect privacy and how far does intellectual property extend? read more —>