Op-ed: Data is often gathered about us all and for a variety of reasons. A person's ethnic origin is recorded by the NHS when using their services and has been for sometime.
Some data collection helps the government and local authorities provide the right services regionally but there is always the risk it will be used for the wrong reasons.
At the Tory party conference this week Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced the government would force companies to reveal the number of foreign workers employed. Days later that plan has been abandoned.
Sunday after days of angry response "The Government has U-turned on controversial plans to force companies to draw up lists of their foreign-born employees."
Theresa May may be like Mrs Thatcher is many respects but it looks like she is for turning as U Turn number 1 clocks up.
The "list" announcement at the Tory Party conference was ill-thought out but was it just one of those conference carrots aimed at attracting new members and voters? Was it all about looking tough on immigration following Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's honest and welcoming approach to migrants one-week earlier?
But here's the thing.
Quietly and under the radar changes are already underway.
Take a look at the image above.
Seems the Department of Education are suddenly demanding more information on pupils, specifically regarding pupils country of birth and origin.
As we have already said there can be many reasons for collecting such data but why the sudden change?
People will draw their own conclusions.
Post BRexit and with the unelected PM Theresa May running the UK show "times they are a changing" and not for the better.
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Op-ed: UK Chancellor George Osborne was at a high tech business in Bristol Monday making the case for Britain staying in the EU.
Osborne was accompanied by Stephen Crabb the latest boss of the DWP, Amber Rudd and Liz Truss.
Four people who will act like a red rag to a bull when it comes to the EU referendum.
Osborne's honesty and credibility is shot to pieces and the three other ministers may still have some appeal to Tory voters but little elsewhere.
Monday the modus operandi was fear and scare tactics with people's finances as the weapon.
Osborne said taxes would probably have to rise by 8% if the UK leaves the EU. He spun a series of figures from a carefully crafted booklet but can you trust him?
According to George Osborne it will be those hard working families the Tories like to talk about that will take the biggest financial hit.
Current divisive Tory politics are never inclusive. Does that mean pensioners, part-time workers, childless couples, single people and benefit claimants who are not employed should vote to leave then?
There is nothing to show that Osborne will not dish out financial hardship post the EU referendum whether we stay in the EU or leave.
George stayed his hand in the spring budget but once the May elections and EU referendum are done and dusted lookout for more real Tory policies.
If the UK leaves the EU it will move into unknown territory and predicting the outcome is not possible. Best guesses are of course available but that is all they are, albeit based on statistics.
The panama papers data leak has shown that taxes are for we the little people and not the likes of Cameron and Osborne.
Perhaps if less money was stashed away from the taxman there would be no deficit?
Last week a majority of MPs voted against an inquiry into the panama papers. The inquiry was requested by Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell. Rudd, Crabb and Truss voted against the inquiry.
So can you trust a word they say?
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