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January 1, 2017  12:28 PM

2017 – When Brexit from “Ever Closer Union” morphed into creating a Confederation.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, data breach notification, digerati, European Union, Uncategorized

January is the time for predictions. A forecast is "the pretence of knowing what would have happened if what does happen hadn't". A prediction is much more "scientific". Those in this blog are based on privileged access to an...

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December 11, 2016  11:15 PM

Flexit and/or Bre-entry not Brexit versus Remoan

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, European Union

The English voted to leave the European Union. Did they vote to leave Europe?  The reasons for the result are a matter for debate but we know they voted firmly against "ever closer union".  We are being told, by all sides, that belonging to reformed and democratically accountable European...


March 15, 2016  1:33 PM

The Chancellor’s route to balancing the Budget?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, budget, Crickhowell, European Union, Faceboo, Google, Uber, UBS, United Kingdom

The precedents set by judgement of the Supreme Court which voided the...

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July 1, 2015  9:27 AM

Transforming participation in Digital Skills programmes by involving MPs

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Digital skills, European Union, London

Redeploying welfare funding to support 3 million new apprenticeships was one of David Cameron's most highly publicized election pledges. We can expect to hear more in the budget this week....


May 26, 2015  12:04 PM

How the Election may have transformed the prospects for “reform” of the EU

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Ansip, AVMS, content, copyright, Cross-Border, e-IDAS, EEMA, eIDAS, European Union, Facebook, IPR, referendum, Taxation, Troll

David Cameron has not yet fleshed out his "red lines" for the EU reforms he is seeking before putting UK membership to an in-out referendum. It is therefore unclear which of the reforms being called for actually will need Treaty Changes. For example: does


May 11, 2015  4:50 PM

What difference will the election result make to the Digital World?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, 5G, apprenticeships, BDUK, BT, Capita, dwp, European Union, HMRC, IPv6, MITIE, NAO, Serco, SME, Socitm, Universal Credit

The first and most obvious difference that the election has made is that sterling and the stock market have both risen: with telecoms (BT and Colt) and outsourcing companies (Capita, MITIE and Serco) rising above the trend. The general rise indicates that the pressure on public finances is...


December 18, 2014  10:15 AM

Christmas indigestion for online retailers: what is the effect of pan-EU VAT regime?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brussels, Cross-Border, DPA, EU, European Union, GS1, Ukraine, VAT

If you have not yet read any of the arguments over what the new pan-EU VAT regime means for UK-based on-line retailers (large, small or micro) or are wondering how it will be implemented...


May 31, 2014  9:15 AM

There is no privacy in the global on-line village but do we really want Google to censor the gossip?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CEDR, European Union, Google, right to be forgotten

The recent EU judgement against Google does not require "a...

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May 30, 2014  10:17 AM

The impossible suddenly becomes practical: Google to abide by EU law

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
companies, European Union, Google, harmonisation, right to be forgotten, Search engines, Searching, Turkey

The news of Google's "U" turn over the "Right to be Forgotten"  is most welcome. This is one Turkey that has not...


May 27, 2014  9:46 AM

UKIP’s online policy: stuff the corporate turkeys, listen to users and stop wasting money

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Brexit, Broadband, Brussels, Crapband, Ebay, European Union, Ewhurst, Google, Technology, UKIP

UKIP is often described by commentators as a party of inarticulate and angry protest for those ignored by the political establishment, who will come to their senses at the next general election. When I compared UKIP's local government results with


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