At Conference I have just spoken against the Regulation of Powers Bill/Act at the Home Affairs Policy Seminar. I mentioned that Labour has removed “Economic Security” from the list of grounds for spying on people, but that the authorising of “bulk powers” and the desire of the intelligence services to find bad people by comparing them with good people and the need to trawl all the UK’s Internet traffic is creating/will create a chilling effect on the right to free speech.
I also made the point the Labour Party’s bureaucracy’s similar trawling of people’s social media spores also creates a chilling effect; there are people in the Party that are avoiding social media other than with friend and family, and even unsure on using the new my Labour app.
The morning session was kicked off by the traditional CAC shenanigans. They had ruled out any discussion on the economy and austerity on the grounds it wasn’t contemporary. Doh! Three organisations moved reference back.
The NEC have collected all their rule changes into a single omnibus amendment, this includes some technical stuff, but also two new members of the NEC appointed by the Leaders of the Scots and Welsh Parties and making voting against a council budget a disciplinary offence.
The use of an omnibus motion was questioned in the reference back debate as was the absence of a debate on the economy and the ruling out of discussion on branch rights in MP selections. I voted to uphold the reference backs, the conference disagreed
Labour’s NEC is proposing rule changes which will make voting against council budgets a Party disciplinary offence. #clpd #peoplesmomentum . This rule applies to Labour Councillors in Labour Groups.
I had a great time last night, some friends arranged a get together of some party comrades, not a large meeting but I met two recent joiners and had the chance for a longer chat with someone I’d known for a while. A fascinating wide ranging conversation about how to organise, how change occurs, the impact of the European radical left, ideas from global development politics, the dichotomy between the old and the young and the roots of the current left insurgency in the UK i.e. the life experiences that had led people to where they were. And people say there’s no thirst for theory!
The Labour Party gives itself 8 weeks to check up on new members. During that period the neophyte members may only attend their branches in a non-voting capacity. Rules detailing this process are Appendix 2 Rules1.B viii – xii on pages 61-62 of the 2016 Rule Book. Any rejection by the General Secretary can be appealed. The rules are silent on whether a rejection subject to appeal removes the the rights to attend or whether a stay is implemented until the appeal.
Despatches! Huh! I am curious about the phone call the journalist made to an alleged member of the Jeremy for Labour database. It is highly unlikely that they gave prior consent for someone who is not a Momentum/Jeremey for Leader campaigner to make the call. This is what we experts call a failure to provide adequate technical protection because they didn’t vet their agent or manage the recruitment process or mange the actions of their agent ; also didn’t have an adequate data leakage programme. The actions of the journalist we would call a ‘social engineering confidentiality breach or hack’. If they didn’t get permission & consent to use the call on TV from the data subject, that’s an additional crime.
Data Protection, it’s like single market rules, it gets everywhere. Of course it could have been staged.
Despatches! Huh! Trots are encouraging people to join the Labour Party and argue for politics they support. Nowhere does the program discuss the partial, factionally driven disciplinary process and the fact that the Chakrabarti Inquiry has described it as legally unsafe. The suspension of Brighton Party is presented as an unquestioned act of justice as is the right of MPs to be unchallenged.
Despatches! Huh! The ‘evidence’ presented for data protection criminality is nonsensical. How a lawyer can say what they said, I do not know. There may be more that they didn’t publish, but I doubt it.
Despatches! Huh! I would say that the one to one participant in the conversation about the salary source would have an expectation of privacy!
Despatches! Huh! Sasha Ismail, presented as expelled is now one of very few with a written statement from the NEC that they belong in the Labour Party; his expulsion has been reversed.
And onto Azure, a certificate of achievement, “Implementing Azure”
Losers don’t get to set the peace terms.
While I felt my essay, highlighting the positive reasons for staying with Jeremy Corbyn would be enough, my feeling that all the politics being within the Left camp which I felt a month ago has been reinforced; last year when Yvette Cooper realised she was losing she rebooted her campaign with a restatement, as she saw it, of the differences in economics & startegy, in retrospect we can see an act of respect for the membership. Smith as his campaign goes down the toilet, takes a different direction. He attacks Corbyn’s supporters otherwise known as the membership and remains silent when people outside the party attack it and its members.
Smith is echoing the calls from some in the PLP who are now asking for unity, even arguing that he is a unity candidate. He is not! His silence if not acquiescence with the smears of anti-semitism, his silence and acquiescence in the externally sponsored attacks on the Chakrabarti report, his attacks on the legitimacy of the membership and smears of entryism, his support for the purges and purgers, his sexism, his laddishness and his nob gags all make him unsuitable to lead and incapable of unifying the party. Furthermore Neal Lawson in his open letter to the Labour Party identified the lack of a body of work as a critical failing, the campaign has exposed this, unlike Cooper last year, he has no political hinterland to dig into. Frankly his supporters need to consider apologising to the membership for nominating him and putting us through this farce. If there isn’t a better candidate, then they need to shut up; unity is fighting the Tories.