Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Talking at Centre for Investigative Journalism

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Here is a talk I gave to the Centre for Investigative Journalism this summer, for those interested in hearing the full tale of how I battled to obtain MPs’ expenses.

Criminal investigation into MPs claims

Friday, June 19th, 2009

A short interview piece for ITN on the criminal investigation into MPs’ expense claims.

BBC America interview

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

I recorded a short interview with BBC America covering some of the background to the expenses scandal.

Channel 4 News: MPs Expenses

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Debating the MPs expenses scandal on Channel 4 News with presenter Jon Snow and MP Stuart Bell.

Dispatches: The Westminster Gravy Train

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

A documentary I presented for Channel 4’s Dispatches, using publicly available information on politicians’ expense claims to piece together a forensic insight into how our money is being spent.

Watch Dispatches: The Westminster Gravy Train at YouTube.

XCity 2008

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Suspect Nation

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

I worked with writer Henry Porter to explore the extent of universal surveillance in the UK, and whether the rights we have under the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information give us any kind of protection to ensure this slew of personal information is not misused.

As a follow up to this documentary, I would note that of the five requests we made for CCTV footage of Henry, we received only one film within the statutory time limit and only after numerous follow-ups. We were made to jump through a number of bureaucratic hoops that made the system in essence unusable to the general public. The fact is that while on paper you have a right to CCTV footage of yourself, in practice the chances of you actually getting it are slim to none. The Ministry of Defence also said it would provide the footage but we did not receive it within the statutory time limit.

While Parliament released the footage of Henry standing outside the House of Commons, an official there told us we could not use the footage in any way without the written permission of Parliament. Surely personal information is owned by the person in question and the only permission needed should be from that person? This is not the case in the UK where the government seems always to exert control by holding the copyright even for personal information.

Another film about CCTV which will hopefully be released soon is ‘Every Step You Take’.