December 2002

‘A Right to Know’

Michael Crick introduced a program on BBC Radio4 on the amount of information, held on us, and , our rights in getting to see it. Here is an MP3. I think this is a splendid ‘overview’ of issues involved and commend it to you Radio4 – A Right to Know – Michael Crick 29dec02.mp3

Here are some of my own efforts, in trying the gett access, via using these laws.

‘Location Data’ on the use of a mobile phone

MI5 – Some of my own adventures

True Spies BBC2, after-show internet discussion .RAM

The Anarchist Travelling Circus

The Anarchist Travelling Circus is UK-wide series of actions, projects and events, and a mobilisation against the latest knees up of the powermongers of world misery – the G8 Summit taking place in Evian (Lake Geneva, on the French-Swiss border), June 1st-3rd 2003.


The summit-hopping protests of the last few years, labelled by Tony Blair post-Gothenberg, as an ?Anarchist Travelling Circus?, have done much to build and revitalise the growing anti-capitalist movement, to strengthen existing international solidarity, to create new links, and to facilitate the mobilisation of people and ideas. The inevitable publicity that surrounds such occasions has served to inform people about the existence of an organised resistance to capitalism.

While this process is important and should continue, it is clear that mobilising around specific one-off or annual events such as Mayday, G8, EU meetings etc. will never be enough.

The Anarchist Travelling Circus is an attempt to reconcile the mass mobilisations that accompany events such as the G8, with local projects and actions; to create links between the anti-capitalist movement and the daily stuggles in our communities and workplaces; to involve those who cannot or do not want to travel round the globe getting tear-gassed; and to continue to make the point that our multiple struggles against war and militarism, the destruction of the earth, debt and lack of housing, the treatment of asylum seekers, the mind-numbing, soul-destroying monotony of wage labour and many other issues too numerous to name, cannot be won until the fight against capitalism is won and that this must be fought – not a couple of times a year in set-pieces against riot police, but daily, constantly, everywhere.

This attitude has most recently been reflected in the idea of Social Centres and Social Centres networks which have been springing up around the country, inspired in part by the Social Centres movements of other European countries; and by the attempt this year to use Mayday for a ?Festival of Alternatives? that aimed to promote both theoretical and practical sustainable forms of resistance and involve a variety of groups and issues.


The idea of the Anarchist Travelling Circus, while still in it?s infancy, is a 5-6 week tour of the country, perhaps beginning on Mayday, and culminating in Evian on June 1st at the G8, with a possible ?No Border? Camp en route. As the Circus progresses around the UK, people would join and leave the procession at will, staying on the road til Evian, or never leaving their home town. At each city, town or village it arrives in people would organise actions around struggles they are involved in, open social centres, or organise cultural events. This would hopefully serve to highlight existing struggles and act as an inspiration for new longterm projects, as well as leaving a lasting legacy beyond the spectacle of confrontational action.

It is important that the emphasis is placed on the actions and events that happen in each place, and that the impetus for these comes from local people and the struggles they are involved in, rather than a touring procession of activists just parachuting in. It is also important to involve as many people as possible and to have an open and inclusive working process.

The theme of ?travelling? – in the form of convoys, critical masses and mass train bunks – would be primarily used to physically and visually link issues and ideas that are already fundamentally linked in that they all pose an opposition to capitalism.


The idea is for anybody who is interested, from whatever part of the UK, to set up local groups to organise events and network the idea in their area. We would like as many individuals and horizontally-organised groups as possible to take part in this. The hope is that this would help to build links between anti-capitalists, refugee groups, those involved in workplace & community struggles, environmental groups, claimant?s unions etc., and also help to build a sustainable country-wide network, as well as involving people in ongoing projects in their area.

A discussion will take place at the ?Reclaim the Future? event on Saturday 21st September in London, and there will be a national meeting at the Anarchist Bookfair at The Camden Centre, London WC1, on 19th October, 2002.

This is going to take a lot of time, money and energy, so fundraising and networking should ideally start as soon as possible.

In the meantime an internet discussion list has been set up. To subscribe to this, send a blank email to:

If you are setting up a group in your area and would like someone to come and speak about the idea, please email and let us know.

Tash’s ‘Free’ Desktops, available for download

Have prepared a number of ‘desktop designs’ and have made them available for download. Saved as 1024×768 .BMP files at 2.3Mb. Here are some samples. Please click line below for the full selection

Hope you like.

Economic League

Economic League, an organisation which collects data for private and government subscribers. Much of the information they collect results in the blacklisting of totally innocent workers, who have been unable to obtain or maintain jobs because of the inaccuracy of the League’s data. It is now a matter of public record that the League was set up by former intelligence agents and that since its inception it maintained official links with MI5 and Special Branch.

In the UK companies concerned about employing trade union activists, former tribunal litigants or political militants can contact an organisation called CAPRiM. This organisation was formerly called The Economic League. It reportedly went into liquidation two years ago, but has now risen pheonix-like from the ashes and has a registered address in Redditch, Worcestershire. What CAPRiM does is probably unlawful under the Data Protection Act, although its predecessor always claimed that its records were kept on card indexes. The Employment Relations Act 1999 outlawed ‘blacklisting’, but we await the necessary secondary legislation to make the Act bite. Meanwhile CAPRiM operates as a legitimate business, is active in the Institute of Directors and sits on the management board of a leading Business School.

Not just my paranoid rantings you know! Please check out “The Journal of Information, Law and Technology” They have covered the New Code of Practice – S51 (3) (b) of The Data Protection Act 1998 at:

and …..

For the giggle, thought i would include and extract from Hansard, to show that the state of affairs, continued.

Written Answers to Questions: Wednesday 8 February 1989

Economic League

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Economic League is registered under the Data Protection Act 1984.

Mr. Renton : The Economic League has a single entry in the data protection register, a copy of which is in the Library, covering its processing of personal data for the administration of the organisation.

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to enact legislation to ensure that people blacklisted by the Economic League can obtain access to the files that have caused their blacklisting to check that information.

Mr. Renton : No.

The Economic League was set up in 1919 to fight Bolshevism and intervened in industrial relations

However, it wound up in 1994 after complaints of it holding inaccurate information on individuals; under data law it would have had to open its files. It had 40 current Labour MPs on its files, including the chancellor, Gordon Brown, and prominent trade unionists, as well as journalists and thousands of shopfloor workers.

Now again, open for business as: CAPRiM

Left blacklist man joins euro fight – Guardian,2763,366293,00.html

A Nottingham ‘Landscape’

Took these from the top of St Marys church tower, in the middle of the city of Nottingham.

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