You’ve got to hand it to the UK government. If there was one way to make its plans to build a hugely controversial database of patients data even more controversial it would to be hand the contract to build it to outsourcing giant Atos.
We have always been at war with Eurasia. We never promised more open government. We have not said we'd match the previous government's spending commitments. We have not attempted to rewrite uncomfortable realities.
Overshadowed by arguments about Syria and the vexed but all important 'tie or open necked' question for the photo calls, the leaders of the G8 countries did good this week with the signing of the Open Data Charter (ODC). But let's make it stick in practice.