Happy 2008!

2008 looks as if it could be a crucial year in British politics. The current government’s poll ratings have dropped substantially and seems to be beset by problem after problem. If they cannot turn things around they’ll be on course to lose the next general election.

Also, in the wake of story after story depicting loss of personal data through incompetence, it looks people are finally waking up to the dangers of the national identity scheme and the other huge surveillance/database schemes the British government has been pursuing over the last decade or so. This development has yet to kill off the national identity scheme however, but if it does so, it will mark a major blow for civil liberties and privacy. Such a development would suggest that the tide is turning against the onslaught on civil liberties and privacy we’ve been seeing from this government. It’s been a long time coming.

2008 is also a crucial year for the US and thus the world, with George W Bush’s presidency into its final year and presidential elections being held. Given the US’s role as the most powerful country in the world, a change of direction from its government will have an impact on everything from middle east politics to efforts to deal with climate change.

I expect 2008 to be an interesting year.

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