Justice

At the Lewisham Deptford Labour Party meeting last night, there was a score draw, it voted to nominate the right wing slate, except Eddie Izard and voted to condemn the witch hunts and exclusions, and called for the reinstatement of our excluded comrade, Jill Mountford. Personally, I’d like to thank the small “caucus for justice” who switched sides to support Jill and due process.

Justice

Power

I am preparing a blog on Labour’s Conference and don’t want to lose the following words: we need to abolish the NPF, reinvigorate our policy making and initiation, enhance the process with word class IT, and this is difficult. Look at Facebook, Digg, Slashdot & Reddit, non of which are great examples, but we need to solve the problems of continuous development, intellectual bandwidth and equity in funding policy development. Under Miliband, we continued as if in Government with shadow ministers spending “Short money” on reviews, taking advice that reinforced their own prejudices; the result was on the whole mediocre and basically flushed down the toilet when the Party leadership took fear at the private polls over the winter of 2014/15.

Power

Research

Just been looking for images to decorate a presentation. Truly annoying that the legal default is “All rights reserved” and that you therefore have to document/assert images as public domain or CC0. It rather obviates the gift of public domain; they’ll be requiring we document the research that establishes our right to use next.

Research

Immigration

In a commentary on the OECD report on Brexit, Chris Giles of the FT publishes a graph/chart from the report showing the proportion of high, medium and low skilled foreign workers and compares these proportions with other EU member states.  The UK does not welcome a high proportion of low skilled workers. The OECD and NIESR both argue that restricting immigration will reduce wealth, growth and tax revenue; bottom line is in order to grow we need to fill the growing skills shortages, in fact restricting immigration is a cause of economic decline.

Immigration