PL has article on the intelligence lobby in The Conversation

The rise of an intelligence lobby threatens the rights of lawyers, journalists – and all of us

The conversation27 January 2015

A powerful intelligence lobby made up of former defence ministers, police chiefs and intelligence commissioners has emerged in British politics, determined to push for greater powers and resources for the police and intelligence agencies.

The attempt to pass a “Snooper’s Charter” via an amendment to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill as it passes through the House of Lords – the same provisions as the Communications Data Bill that were twice rejected by parliament – shows how keen they are to win greater powers before the general election. The old military-industrial complex is being replaced by a powerful political-intelligence technocracy.

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PL to introduce Gwen Yarker’s talk at Dorset County Museum

PL will be introducing Gwen Yarker’s talk at Dorset County Museum: Recording Wartime Shipping on the Thames: The Dazzle Paintings of John Everett.


ART LECTURE AT DORSET COUNTY MUSEUM Recording Wartime Shipping on the Thames: The Dazzle Paintings of John Everett, by Gwen Yarker. Dorset County Museum, Dorchester at 7.30pm on Friday 23 January 2015.

John Everett was an official war artist during the First World War and one of the few recording the maritime side of the war. He worked for the Ministry of Information on paintings connected with seaborne commerce, using his experience as a deep-water sailor to give his work a sense of unqualified realism. Continue reading