In response to Ruth Kinderman: Data protection – this sinister tax on doing good, Robin Horbury wrote:

Day by day we are creeping closer to totalitarianism. I am self-employed, see clients of many types on a confidential basis, and have been doing for years. Until now record-keeping has not been an issue and has been governed by common sense and goodwill. No longer. As Ruth, the writer, also notes, the imperative now is to not really to keep records at all. Any idea that our nation is going to become a better place after Brexit is scotched by this idiocy – we have caught the continental disease of legislation mania. And our freedom is the inevitable casualty.