Robert Hampton

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9th February 2011

I don’t follow
Posted by at 8.20pm | In the News | No responses

Toothless watchdog in “slightly interesting ruling” alert.

The Press Complaints Commission ruled on Tuesday that information posted on Twitter should be considered public and publishable by newspapers after it cleared the Daily Mail and Independent on Sunday of breaching privacy guidelines. … The Daily Mail and Independent on Sunday argued that the messages were public and could be read by anyone.

Well, of course messages posted to a Twitter account (or blog, or YouTube channel, or anywhere online) are not private. Everyone, even non-followers, can call up your Twitter page and see what you’ve written (unless you lock the account, but that wasn’t the case here). So there’s no invasion of privacy.

It doesn’t seem at all right, however, to use someone’s personal tweets to attack her. She made it quite clear that she was posting in a personal capacity and there doesn’t seem to have been any scandalous leaks of secret documents or anything like that, so the actual damage done is zero. It basically seems to be mischief making by the papers in question – the sort of thing we expect from the Daily Mail, I suppose.

I’m glad that I rarely, if ever, blog or tweet about work these days. If I did, I would end up in hot water faster than a lobster in a seafood restaurant.

13th February 2009

I should be Minister of Transport
Posted by at 6.54pm | Trains | No responses

Hm, the Super Express train looks nice, but some of them will be diesel powered, and I can’t help but feel that, in this era of carbon footprints and whatnot, trains powered by diesel are yesterday’s technology.

What the powers-that-be should have done is start electrifying the remaining diesel-operated routes, and build a fleet of all-electric trains. As a stopgap, a small pool of diesel locomotives should be available to tow the trains over non-electrified routes (as happens with West Coast Pendolinos during engineering diversions).

If anyone from the Department for Transport is reading this, my consultancy fee is 25% of… something.