The "UK equivalents" are the Freedom of Information Act and a FoI request.
I think the reason for setting up the corporation is to head of the criticism they get whenever they release raw information. Almost all the commentators insist that no one will be have any incentive to create a user interface or investigate the data (and make it understandable to the mainstream media). Witness the tone of amazement in all today's Wikipedia anniversary stories - the MSM really doesn't understand why people contribute.
Yet another one to add to my list of charities not to give money to. Usually they get added for being majority funded by the taxpayer or my disagreement with the cause. This might be the first for "being bloody stupid".
I'm on a 30 day contract with them so I'll be gone as soon as I figure out how to get my number transferred.
Phone them up and tell them to give you your PAC code. They'll put you through to sales - who will try to convince you to stay - but they have to give you the code. I suggest making it clear why you're moving; they won't be able to do anything about it, but I believe we should educate these idiots.
This "needs citation" but: the Beatles stopped touring because the experience for the fans was deteriorating. Beatlemania had become so great that the screaming at the gigs was so loud that nobody (not even the band) could hear the music being played. The number of injuries incurred by the crowd was increasing rapidly as those screaming fans fought to get to the front. Overall the crowd came away from a gig feeling cheated; you cannot expect a mob to understand that it was its own behaviour that ruined the experience. Therefore, the Beatles decided to stop touring, although I doubt they ever intended to never tour again
Once Sweden issued a European Arrest Warrant they effectively commandeered the British police and "justice" system. EU law requires the police to enforce the warrant and requires our court to issue a deportation order regardless of evidence. This would be the case even if the alleged crime was not a crime in Britain.
It makes our extradition treaty with the US look positively fair and just.
UK Government: Our aim for the Olympic site, with better connectivity than anywhere else in the country, is to encourage internet companies to set up offices there in order to create a UK version of Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley (specifically Google): No way dude! Your libel and free speech laws are screwed man! And that Digital Economy Act you voted for last year is designed to destroy the digital economy on behalf on the recording industry. On top of that the EU is determined to undermine any internet company that isn't based there - even going to the extent of state funded research into an EU alternative the "American" internet. Why would be go any where near London or the UK? Everyone that is currently there is thinking of leaving and coming here?
UK Government: Really, oh, maybe we should look at that.
What you say might have some merit if our libel laws influenced, in any way, the behaviour of the tabliod press. They don't. What our libel laws do is cause the shelving of good reporting because the cost of fighting any potential law suit is not worth the risk.
Reporting the facts as you know them, and then commenting on them, is fraught with danger. Making up a story and then retracting it, and paying compensation, the minute a law suit is mooting is much cheaper than defending a well researched story in the courts.
I have to wonder why you hate England so much. I don't mind that you do, everybody hates the English, but please hate us for the right reasons. All your assumptions in your post appear to be wrong, starting with the part that the Royal familiy live off the income from their land.
Like many rights in the UK freedom of speech was thought so fundamental that it didn't need writing down.
As I understand it this was the position of the Founding Fathers when writing the constitution. There was also concern when drafting the Bill of Rights that only the rights specified would be deemed to exist.
Ironically it is the human rights movement in general that has nicely destroyed that concept by insisting that fundamental and social rights are equal. Social rights (education) have to be written down to have any standing, fundamental right (life, speech) should never have to be "granted" by the state - they simply are (and the state can only take away that right not grant it).