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Tory MP says HMRC ‘menacing’ letters show state is using ‘sinister’ psychology | News | Money Marketing

Updated. A story on Money Marketing, reporting my comments to them on a letter that two of my constituents received from HMRC as a first demand (notwithstanding HMRC’s claim in the article that it is only sent as a third reminder): A Conservative MP says recent letters from HM Revenue & Customs demanding people pay up or face having their possessions auctioned is an example of behavioural psychology now being employed by the Government. And He says: “We now have […]

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The Prisoner and “Mindspace”

I just discovered the Cabinet Office and Institute for Government publication, MINDSPACE, Influencing behaviour through public policy (THE PRACTICAL GUIDE). It put me in mind of this: Number Two: I am definitely an optimist. That’s why it doesn’t matter “who” Number One is. It doesn’t matter which “side” runs the Village. Number Six: It’s run by one side or the other. Number Two: Oh certainly, but both sides are becoming identical. What in fact has been created is an international […]

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Why The Prisoner remake is dire – Times Online

It turns out The Prisoner is being remade, but it’s not all good news. Via Why The Prisoner remake is dire – Times Online. Here’s the good news about the remake of The Prisoner that’s heading to ITV screens this month: you get to see what Ian McKellen, who plays Number Two in Patrick McGoohan’s Orwellian dystopia, would look like if they ever cast him as a Bond movie villain. The answer is he’d be slyly, sinisterly magnificent. And the bad […]

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