Fair Trial and Labour’s ‘fast track’

A note on Labour’s ‘fast track’ disciplinary process and Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Labour’s disciplinary determination process for complaints that allege prejudice or harassment were changed at Conference 2019. The investigation is conducted by staff, who then present a charge and proposed sanction to a panel/sub committee of the NEC Disputes committee who then make a judgement and impose a penalty (or not). This decision is subject to appeal to the NCC on specific criteria, … Continue reading “Fair Trial and Labour’s ‘fast track’”

ECHR Article 11, Freedom of Association

I am brought to consider Article 11, of the ECHR and “Freedom of Association”. The second thing totalitarian parties do is register, regulate and then ban opposition political parties. And so I am concerned about the over-regulation of political parties. Here as ever are my notes. Continue reading “ECHR Article 11, Freedom of Association”

Labour, local government candidates and women

This is a note on Labour selections, specifically around positive action programmes for women. I live in a London borough which elects all its council every four years from multi-member wards using FPTP. Certain by-elections must be selected using all-women short (AWS) lists. Here are my notes … Continue reading “Labour, local government candidates and women”

Cross Border Data & Brexit

The Daily Mirror commented on the impending end of the Brexit transition period and SME compliance with any new data protection rules. They have a couple of Govt. officials and ministers saying that people had better get ready. In my linkedin post on the topic, I suggest it might be a  bit late and we still have a moving target because we don’t know if there’s going to be a post transition deal; one is necessary to establish adequacy equivalence while our application for adequacy is considered. Here are some notes and a bit of polemic. … Continue reading “Cross Border Data & Brexit”

Data analytics and democracy

Today, privacy campaigners have been circulating tweets about Brittany Kaiser’s document dump proving that Cambridge Analytics and AIG were working as a single entity. This would seem somewhat contrary to what the police and the ICO have been able to find. There’s more to find here and when I find it, I’ll post the stories here. Continue reading “Data analytics and democracy”

UK Defence Review 2020

Thinking about defence policy, there’s going to be another review. This started as a collection of articles leaked or inspired probably by senior army officers but in Nov. Johnson made a financial announcement seemingly in advance of the review announcement which led to me doing some reading and looking at previous strategic reviews, the armed services pay review board report, and further technology reviews. I suppose the question is do we know what we’re doing, and I think the answer is “No”. But at least they’re not dressing up in camouflage greens. For me, the first thing that is required is a threat analysis, it all stems from there and I don’t think the Tories who have been in charge for the last 10 years have it right because amongst other things, they’re fucked over the EU & NATO. Anyway, here are my notes and links. Continue reading “UK Defence Review 2020”