Civil Serf Cornered

For anyone following the story in the UK press, and the churn in the blogosphere, it would seem the internet blogger who published accounts of life as a civil servant at the heart of the Brown Government has been identified and suspended, as reported in the Daily Mail.

Known by the pseudonym Civil Serf, she is a middle manager in the Department for Work and Pensions.

All a bit sad really; it was certainly one of the more entertaining blogs to emanate from the public sector, and I’m not sure she said anything that we don’t already know about the workings in Gov. It will be interesting to see precisely which rules she is deemed to have broken.

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Abuse of power?

A warning for any business that uses an American company for domain name registration. eNom is one of the largest domain registrars in the US with over 5 million domains registered through it. The company was cited in the NYTimes earlier this week for seizing all the domains of a perfectly innocent travel company from the Canary Islands because one of its holiday destinations included Cuba. Clearly is doesn’t matter that the target audience for the travel company was not US citizens (who face travel restrictions for supposedly evil regimes such as Cuba). An abuse of power? Arbitrary restrictions on legitimate businesses that operate outside the US? Be warned!

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