Category Archives: Parliament and Democracy

The British Political system is viewed by many as the Mother of all Parliaments. This Grand old lady is also unsteady on her feet and the electorate have considered putting her in a home. We need to find new ways of doing Democracy in England to counter-balance the reforms in the other parts of the UK

Criminal Justice System is upside down


In 2010 the coalition Government announced it was to replace Police Authorities with Police and Crime Commissioners and I following this process through with some personal interest. One of the Architects for the PCC role, Nick Herbert MP who is … Continue reading

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Sheffield is an important place but….


In the late 1990’s and early part of the new Millennium Brighton was regularly referred to as having more pilots than Gatwick, because the Blair Government used to test out its policies in a city which was close enough to … Continue reading

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Charity Commission obeyed Parliament and blocked free speech


Last Thursday a fascinating debate took place in Parliament which on the face of it involved both Lords and MPs although the only people who spoke were MPs and the irony of their frustration towards the Charity Commission was lost … Continue reading

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The impact of GDPR on the World Wide Web


Over the next few days there is a significant change that will impact many users of the internet along with people in receipt of printed correspondence. The GDPR or General Data Protection Regulation is something that most users of the … Continue reading

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The tension between accountability and leadership


Responding to the opinion of the taxpayers who fund the whole of a very costly Parliament is something that all Politicians should take seriously. Equally responding to powerful members of your political party makes sense to those who support tribal … Continue reading

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Environmentally friendly traffic cones


The decisions taken by police forces regarding their purchase of products such as weapons like tasers and guns and pepper spray are all subject to the Home Office agreeing to such items being used. However when it comes to less … Continue reading

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Charity Commission sitting on a painful fence


Earlier this year Parliaments Joint Committee on Human Rights invited people from various Universities including Sussex to come and explain why the Universities as a whole and the Students Unions in particular appeared to be limiting the speech from some … Continue reading

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