Power

The neighbouring constituency of Lewisham West & Penge’s MP stood down and this created an unseemly rush to replace him. It was won by Ellie Reeves, an ex member of the NEC, a sub-committee of which appointed her  but a local resident it would seem.

At least one friend of mine applied, and unsurprisingly wasn’t short listed.

Power

Promises

While catching up on my news this morning, I am struck by the cleft stick Tim Farron has put himself in, with his preference to go into coalition with the Tories and his promise to have a second referendum … while I admit that working with Labour is difficult for him, there are potential “Remainer” LibDem voters that will ask how that is a coherent “remain” promise.

Promises

HRMS

I was writing about the need for new systems in the CRM & HR domains to support the new requirements coming our of the GDPR , particularly for mid-range companies. I had found this article that talked about the nature of the HRMS market and snidely commented on the foolishness of focusing on recruitment to the exclusion of other HR functions. I had not considered the big ERP providers because their price tag, both of licence and implementation and operational cost is such that they tend to be inappropriate for SMEs. Despite this I came across this puff piece talking about an HRMS selection exercise between Oracle, SAP and Workday. The last of these offers the product as SAAS , although given it competes with the big two, it comes with a high price tag.

HRMS

And we’re off

Theresa May pretending that the Fixed Term Parliament Act  has never existed announced a ‘snap’ general election yesterday. She claims it’s because of the effectiveness of the “remain” campaign in parliament is jeopardising the Government’s ability to execute the “will of the people”. It’s certainly a very sudden change of heart.

While it’s massive fun to assume that she’s done it because Inspector Knacker has found evidence to prosecute 30 Tories, some of whom will be MPs, it would seem that as she pursues her negotiations with the EU, she’s finding it harder and harder to win any deal. She’s frightened of her loony Brexiteers who wont let her make the necessary compromises and frightened of her Remainers who may reject whatever she gets in two years time.

While Labour in Parliament look beatable, there’s ½ million of us in the country and the example of Jean-Luc Mélenchon shows that one can come from no-where to a position of contention.

And we’re off

Privatisation

I have a number of US facebook friends, one of whom put this article about the Alabama Senate approving a private church police force. Apart from the US’s prohibition on the establishment of religion, this raises interesting questions on the way in which police and prosecution decisions are or should be accountable to the public. If one looks at “Jennifer Government” one can see the end game of the privatisation agenda.

While in the UK (I think, but certainly in England and Wales) we have a public interest test in any decision to prosecute which is taken by the Crown Prosecution Service, there are at least two weaknesses in the establishment of public accountability.

The first is that we allow private prosecutions of criminal offences. Is this a problem? In theory maybe not because Judges need to decide if the proposed prosecutor has “standing” but that is all, they do not apply a public interest test. They decided that William Rees Mogg did not have standing when he tried to have Harry Hewitt prosecuted for treason, but did permit the Federation Against Software Theft to bring an eventually successful private prosecution against Anton Vickerman for copyright fraud after the CPS had decided it wasn’t in the public interest. The other problem is that the Police are taking sponsorship, in the City, some police cars have been seen with BUPA advertisements, and football clubs have had to contribute to the policing cost of their games and grounds.

Privatisation

Clarity

It’s getting interesting in France, has Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the Union de la Gauche, overtaken Fillon to become 3rd in the polls for the election of the President, after Le Pen (Fascist) and Macron (Centrist).  Yet again the fate of the incumbent Socialist Party must be a lesson for social democrats around the world.

Clarity