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Yvette Cooper at Demos

This is/was a note on a speech made by Yvette Cooper called the challenges of a Digital World to our security and liberty. This has a link to the speech, but was made in May 2014, the world has moved on. As ever my review of Labour front-bench speeches proves/proved to optimistic. I have marked the article deprecated.

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Convoy’s Wharf

Convoy’s Wharf

I returned to this in March as the Mayor sought comments in the final stage of consultation before agreeing or rejecting outline planning permission. New Cross Labour have published Joan Ruddock’s submission on their web site, here. She is arguing for the cultural planning gain represented by the Sayes Court Garden project and the Build the Lenox project. 20 March 2014

Previously I was working my way through the Officers report to Lewisham’s strategic planning committee which rejected the plan as it now stands on six grounds.

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Labour Party Membership

Labour Party Membership

Decided to try and draw a graph of the Labour Party’s membership over time, not as easy as you might think. Here are some links I found that might help me,

If i get some good data, maybe I’ll publish at Wikipedia.

I found this on twitter …

and the chart is on twitter as an image., it comes from the NEC 2019 report to Conference.

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Intellectual Property Law

I made an omnibus article of my writings on open source, culture and copyright. This was dated 2012 in the blog but references earlier material. Some of it still holds good, some of it is passed it’s sell by date.

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British Higher Education

British Higher Education

Decline & Fall

In Feb 2007, a manifesto/biography entitled Decline and Fall of the British University appeared on the internet but its host site disappeared pretty quickly. The Google cache has also expired now.

It was signed by Mark Tarver, who argues that the expansion of student numbers and the increased and payment of tuition fees has led to a reduction in educational quality as ‘hard’ subjects can’t attract the students to warrant the teaching and the funders collude to ensure increasing pass rates, for in the governments case, political gain, and in the student/parent’s case economic gain. It was also blogged by Scatman Dan, on his blog under the same title.

Tarver’s article is back online, probably has been for a while. 17th July 2009