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Be the change you want to see

David Elston's picture

Back in 2008 I worked for Swansea University in a department called DACE – Department of Adults Continuing Education. I lost this job. Government cuts saw to it that this department was closed. It was my first job, I was a website design assistant. It seemed such a huge injustice to work so long and hard in academia, from the age of 5 until 21 and graduate only to lose my first job in a matter of weeks. To add pressure, my son had just been born, so I had to find alternative employment quickly.


I remember feeling shocked but not just because my job was cut. The University lost many highly qualified and experienced staff, some holding PhDs, experienced lecturers and other valued support staff. There was the knock-on effect of the community centres in places like the Rhondda who leaned on Swansea's DACE for support, were now also going to suffer.


Why I'm not a Green

David Elston's picture

...and why you're not a Green too.

On the campaign trail it's not uncommon for Green Party supporters and sympathies to ask:

“If digital rights are so important to you why don't you join the Green Party?”

While it is true that perhaps there are forward looking people in the Green Party with their heart in the right place, the digital world will never be a priority for the Greens. They're inexperienced, they've come late to the digital fight, they're a little too, well, green. I say this as someone who joined the Greens hoping they were a truly progressive party but left when there was a completely void of support for our digital freedoms.

As it was put by a co-host on The White Rose Club radio yesterday “Greens are like 3G and the Pirate Party are 4G” which I think captures it perfectly. Essentially while there is a faction within the Greens that know there is something in the digital world that needs their attention, they're most certainly not up to date while Pirates are at the frontier.

The second question I get asked is:

Second Class English

Craig Burrows's picture

UK overseas charity workers no longer qualify for free National Health Service (NHS) in England but do in Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland! Us English are second Class Citizens in the UK! The Queen may well award you an MBE etc. but you would end up selling it to pay medical bills. English charity workers worldwide are doing great work often paid very little. How many English citizens will now be forced to return home or not volunteer in the first place? 

When Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales have legislative bodies that vote on domestic policies, England does not. How come we allow MPs from the other nations to vote on English only issues? From tuition fees to the NHS the English subsidise the rest. Devolved power has dis-empowered the English. Our political system is broken & I see none of the main parties wanting to fix it with anything more than a band aid. If you live in England you will probably end up paying for the band aid & then paying again for it again for Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales! 

 

Conservative government Clueless on Porn Censorship

Andrew Norton's picture

In a move that would have Operation Yewtree crawling all over them if it screamed "Think of the Children” any louder or more breathlessly, Conservative Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has pledged mandatory age checks on porn sites. While his position was probably well intentioned, it yet again shows a vast gulf between reality, and the beliefs of ignorant MP’s .

The idea to force age verification requirements onto adult websites may seem like a good idea in theory, but it’s one that not only won’t, but can’t work; it’s one that can lead to profound issues for press freedoms in the future.

The idea of effective age restrictions is one manifestation of a fantasy beloved of politicians everywhere – "decree and it shall happen, as intended". The reality is otherwise though. There is no such thing as an effective solution, and so his plan is doomed to failure before it starts.

Conservative government Clueless on Porn Censorship

Andrew Norton's picture

In a move that would have Operation Yewtree crawling all over them if it screamed "Think of the Children” any louder or more breathlessly, Conservative Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has pledged mandatory age checks on porn sites. While his position was probably well intentioned, it yet again shows a vast gulf between reality, and the beliefs of ignorant MP’s .

The idea to force age verification requirements onto adult websites may seem like a good idea in theory, but it’s one that not only won’t, but can’t work; it’s one that can lead to profound issues for press freedoms in the future.

The idea of effective age restrictions is one manifestation of a fantasy beloved of politicians everywhere – "decree and it shall happen, as intended". The reality is otherwise though. There is no such thing as an effective solution, and so his plan is doomed to failure before it starts.

Illegal Vaginas

Jeb Hedges's picture

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