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Dear darling, I know that I said that I'd
be home next week for dinner,
but I'm sitting here, far beneath a tide
of print-offs, growing thinner.

And while I sift through the drifting spam,
where the grammar is inferior,
where legatees in a dreadful jam
type to you from Nigeria,

I'm listening in, and at double speed,
to a flurry of mobile messages,
one each ear – they begin to bleed –
for the terror each sender presages,

with one eye cocked (it's quite hard work, it
keeps you alert, however)
at the stammering camera-work (closed circuit).
Really a grand endeavour.

There are seven million at MI5,
but we're none of us humble cogs –
we're ensuring that freedom must survive,
that we don't go to the dogs –

still, sorry, darling, that I'm late. Remiss.
Kiss the kids. They've begun to grow?
I don't want anyone reading this,
so I've sent it by carrier crow.

Click here for the story in The Guardian.

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Richard Thomas, the government's information commissioner, said that proposals to record and store all phone calls and emails on a national database were 'a step too far'.
July 16 2008


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