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Labour’s Last Chance?

The Labour leadership contest, whose result is announced today, is of far more importance than many Labour supporters and MPs may realise.  Not only is it a huge opportunity for Labour to demonstrate that it is relevant to the UK electorate and has a clear message of what it stands for but it is also the last chance Labour may have of proving itself capable and/or deserving of remaining a major political presence.

Recent events involving the party and contest suggest that it doesn’t have a Scooby Doo about the importance of the contest for the future of the party.

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Sack Poorly Performing School Governors? Think Again

The Commons Education Committee has today released a report in which it says that poorly performing school governors should be sacked.  This is a real belter of a recommendation, given the events involving failing banks where nothing was done (except maybe to odd payoff), failures in police leadership where nothing was done (except maybe leaving a full pension entitlement), failures in hospital leadership where nothing was done (Andy Burnham has yet to resign), and failing MPs who aren’t yet subject to a constituents’ led power of recall.

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Coalition FAIL On Privacy: Snooping Is Go (Updated)

I’ve done a lot of clearing up other peoples’ mess in my life and career.  Most of these messes were the result of people ignoring my advice, things going pear shaped (as I had said they would) and then being asked if I would remedy the now fouled up situation.  I’m sure those of you who are or have worked as techies for any length of time know the sort of people I mean.

When things really went titsup I was often asked to not only help clean up the mess but do so in a way that ensured the titsup situation would never happen again.  Those responsible for things going titsup in the first place would wail their innocence and protest that things should be done differently but never actually front up with a positive suggestion in the face of my action plan.

So it is that I have some empathy for the Coalition government as it looks to clear up the mess that Labour left behind it.  Under the Labour government, the UK state had ballooned into a seedy, control freak sumo wrestler who got his kicks from sticking his nose into every part of peoples’ lives, failing to protect the people they are supposed to serve from deliberate illegal acts and attempting to spread fear and misinformation about groups like photographers.

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UK Voted For Change

It is finished.  An exciting election which gave us some compelling theatre and drove the media speculation machine into overdrive has finally given us a new Prime Minister and a Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government.  The control freakery and paranoia of New Labour has been rejected.  Nick Clegg had achieved that which every Liberal, SDP and now Liberal Democrat leader during my life had desired – to have the balance of power in their hands.

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Labour, Phorm & RIPA: Facts & Questions

As the election campaigning continues, there are some people who need setting straight on Labour’s failures over the Phorm case.  It’s not rocket science.  It is not a matter of “intervening in private business” as some would suggest.  It is a matter of enforcing the law.

Correct me if I’m wrong but if the law is broken then action must be taken against the lawbreaker.  The status of the business or persons involved is irrelevant.  Legality isn’t an emotive issue, it is one of fact.  So here are a few facts and a few questions for Labour and its supporters.

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