Opinion – ‘It’s essential to life’: Ofwat’s Rachel Fletcher sets a new course for water – via the Guardian

Social contracts‘ proposed in this article are for the birds. In a fashionable term, it’s ‘highly nebulous’! A Far-Left Labour will try to re-nationalize public utilities, financial constraints permitting. A Conservative government needs to look to populism for the way forward. Across Europe people are distrustful of elites and experts. ‘Ordinary people’ know about UK former nationalized industries, their costs and their service/quality levels. I totally disagree with this op-ed Guardian article by Ofwat’s, Rachel Fletcher. A Conservative Government needs a radical change agenda for public services – the best place to start is to fire the regular and start again with ‘zero based design’. For another industry, consider British Air Transport, with their Third World quality/service levels, but lots of status quo cost-plus facilities – fundamentally wrong in  oligopolies.  Thoughts?

Opinion – Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach – The Guardian/Observer – Guardian Observer

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Dr Alf is right again, there is no evidence of anything other than that of Cambridge Analytica scraping 50 million Facebook accounts for data.

Trump for better or worse secured his Presidential victory by persuading 2 million very poor people, without jobs or hope, to vote for him, in one last desperate throw of the dice. Most of these people were unemployed rust belt workers, who hadn’t voted for anyone in the last 20 years, many were not even in possession of a computer let alone a broadband account and a Facebook account.

What we are being led to believe is that 2 million of these people, if they didn’t have access to computers all had smartphones or tablets and that each of them had enough data on Facebook that could be scraped and then analysed so that Steve Bannon and his minions could then use it to get all 2 million of these people to vote at all and then having made the decision to do so, to vote for Trump.

I would want to see a full evidential trail, with evidence of smartphone ownership and up to date Facebook Profile membership before believing any of that.

Prior to this latest revelation, published by the Observer, we were told that Donald Trump was put into the White House by Vladimir Putin and his cyber warriors working in “Troll factories” and creating fake news. No proof has emerged on that front either, even though it is over a year later, supposedly with probes into Trump’s son, his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner going on in the background.

No properly constituted Western court would ever convict someone on this nonexistent evidence and the Observer’s finger pointing does not stand up on the balance of probabilities either.

John Gelmini