Labour & Millwall

Paul Bell, one of Lewisham Labour’s candidates for Mayor talks about the way in which New Bermondsey Development a.k.a. as the Millwall CPO started here …. He opposed it in 2011, whereas three of the other candidates, Alan Hall, Damien Egan and Paul Maslin voted for it, twice! This is substantiated by Paul Maslin here …. Paul Bell opposed the scheme because it wasn’t good enough for Lewisham, there were insufficient social houses. Paul’s promises in his housing manifesto. are based on the same values. He promises never to CPO land for private developers. It’s important to keep football in Lewisham so it’s good that Labour Council came to its senses, however we need a people’s housing policy that provides homes for the people of Lewisham. #backbell

Labour & Millwall

Hate Speech

One further fallout from Charlotteville, especially for my American friends and correspondents is the debate around “Free Speech” & “No Platform”. Even in America, free speech does not allow you to incite others to hate. The world consensus is that within the rule of law, hate (discriminatory) speech must be suppressed. Such laws must be for a legitimate purpose, and necessary to promote that legitimate purpose but for those who argue that they should be debated, or that we diminish ourselves by suppressing their right to free speech; you’re wrong! We cannot build a decent society without eliminating abuse, intimidation and discrimination. Our duty to build a decent society is as great or greater than our duty to permit fascists to speak!

Here’s what happens when you let them speak!

 

 

Hate Speech

Free Speech

The best comment on Charlottesville, “Just to be clear guys, it stopped being about statues the moment people started walking around with swastikas, I think that can be pretty much agreed universally.” from CNN’s Kate Bolduan.

Free Speech

Too hard to leave

I wish I could make this a haiku, it was written for and published on twitter.

On #Brexit #lab16 Labour’s Conference is right; redlines on citizen rights or No!

It’s too hard to leave, people with good will, if limited intellect, towards #Brexit are failing to agree satisfactory terms.

On the sanctity of the referendum’s democratic will, we now already have a second mandate, the general election 2017.

Also Parliament can’t guarantee anything, it can always change its mind.

Too hard to leave

Counting

I am considering some issues relating to the conduct of elections in the UK. In Lewisham Labour we are selecting a candidate for Mayor and the election will be conducted using a simple eliminating ballot, sometimes referred to as an Alternative Voting scheme. This, it can be argued is a special case of a more proportionate voting system; the special nature being that there is only one winner and thus the result is not so proportionate. The rest of this article is a technical description of an alternative vote election, a single transferable vote election and a closed list proportional representation election using the D’Hondt counting system. Continue reading “Counting”

Counting

Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee

Last year Labour Conference voted to make Women’s Conference a policy making body and thus it need a Conference Arrangements Committee. The left candidates are Theresa Clark and Jean Crocker.

Their statements, which include their LP Numbers which are needed for the nomination are here… &  here…. Further necessary information needed to nominate Teresa & Jean is on a comment in this CLPD facebook post.

Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee

Franchise

While considering the desirability of Executive Mayors, it’s occurred to me that the Miliband reforms, the creation and empowerment of affiliated members and registered supporters have not been implemented in the selection of the Executive Mayor candidates, even in Manchester and certainly not in the London boroughs. Why not?

Franchise