FOI

I need to write an FOI request, I have Heather Brooke’s book and checked the ICO FOI page. Heather is probably best known in this country as the journalist who used the FOI Act to break the MPs expenses story. She later wrote a book about how to use the Act, called “Your Right to Know,…

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GDPR & DPA 2018

I have today returned to the GDPR and the Data Protection Act. I was specifically interested in “legitimate interest” and wrote a blog at linkedin on the subject. Here are my links and notes,

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Hayes & Harlington 1983

Wikipedia’s article on the 1983 election asks for citations where the SDP/Liberal vote allowed Tories to win seats on a plurality. Interestingly their page on Hayes & Harlington shows this and although it’s a seat where an SDP defector tried to hold the seat, the Tory vote is virtually unchanged and yet they won it…

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The Socialist International

One of the issues raised while considering Venezuela, is the suggestion that since Jose Guaido’s party, Voluntad Popular is a member of the Socialist International, Labour Party member’s should be supporting him and his party; interestingly the Labour Party is no longer a full member of the SI, having downgraded its membership in favour of…

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Venezuela

On Venezuela, where the US would seem to be trying to engineer another regime change in support of their oil industry, here are my notes and my diigo bookmarks . I consider sanctions, human rights and democracy …

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Dr. Fritz Scharpf

I had cause to look at, I have not yet finished the following paper, “The asymmetry of European integration, or why the EU cannot be a ‘social market economy’” or here at Berlin Free University.. written by Dr. Fritz Scharpf, a German Academic who finished his working career as the Director at the Max Planck Institute…

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Lewisham Council’s Democracy Review

Lewisham Council, are looking at their constitution to see if they make it more democratic. They are running a consultation  which started in 2018 and is planned to finish and I propose to submit some evidence. I thought I understood how it worked, but I don’t; here are my notes. 

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Measuring Democracy

Often one finds that people argue their solution is more democratic; how does one know? Some political scientists have looked at measuring democracyness, here’s what I have found.

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Corbyn’s 10 Point Plan

In the 2016 Labour Leadership campaign, Jeremy Corbyn made 10 pledges, which were then adopted by Conference 2016. The pledges have disappeared from the site, but I checked on the wayback machine and have made this image from that site’s pledge page.

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Yet more Copyright

Last week, the JURE committee of the European Voted to approve the current draft of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market this includes proposals to implement a link tax and that ISSPs must implement something akin to Google’s Content ID, to defend copyright from whatever. These are now it seems called upload filters….

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IUSY 77

I attended the IUSY 77 Congress in Stuttgart, as part of the Labour Students delegation and stayed for the summer camp. I still remember some of the fabulous conversations I had and the amazing campaigning comrades that I met from the (West) German JUSOS and other parties across the world. Were you there? Do you…

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