Owen Smith got election data from delayed project

Owen Smith has attempted to discredit Jeremy Corbyn’s claim that Labour was ahead in the polls until the attempts to oust him began – by using aggregated data from a voluntary project, which two years behind schedule.

In a debate with Jeremy Corbyn, Owen Smith quoted data from Britain Elects, which on their own website admit they are not as up-to-date as planned. It says on their website:

Our site, two years behind schedule, is currently under construction, but progress is being made! Slowly. It will hopefully be live within the next few months, although please don’t put that in your diary. If you wish to get in touch in the meantime, be it data, media or somesuch requests you can contact us on Twitter or throw us on email on queries@britainelects.com. We’ll aim to get back to you as soon as possible, but as we’re currently an entirely voluntary service, expect a delay by up to a few days.

Edward Parker, a supporter of Owen Smith, attempted to justify Owen Smith’s choice of data. “[I]t’s the average poll of polls, put together by Britain Elects,” he said. “[A]lso we haven’t been ahead in an opinion poll since April.

Owen Smith uses aggregated data from delayed project to attempt to discredit Jeremy Corbyn.
WHAT WAS STAT AGAIN?: Owen Smith uses aggregated data from delayed project to attempt to discredit Jeremy Corbyn. Courtesy: Obtained from britainelects.com

Jonathan Bishop, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, says the method used by Britain Elects is suspect. “In simplest terms, a thousand flies does not make dog crap good,” he said. “Crocels Research predicted the Welsh Assembly results accurately by using a linear regression of the past performance of the parties when they contested elections against each other.
Aggregating different polls does nothing to help improve the statistical significance of the data, so if this is the only way Owen Smith can attempt to discredit Jeremy Corbyn then we should be asking whether his £200bn New Deal figures add up also.
At Crocels Base we have been looking into what Owen Smith has said in the past and what he is saying now, and whilst he has a good record of announcing big budget projects, he has never been in a position to actual implement them.

Improving international relations ‘is not charitable’ court says

Taking steps to improve international relations is not charitable, a court in the United Kingdom has said.

Crocels Community Media Group sued the Charity Commission for England and Wales when it refused to allow it to establish a charitable arm that would allow its members to contribute their surplus for charitable purposes.

The Charity Commission rejected Crocels’s application, saying that objectives relating to reducing or abolishing standing armies, promoting peace and encouraging fraternity between nations were political as they required a change in UK Government policy. The First Tier Tribunal for Charities agreed.

Undeterred, the Chief Executive Officer of Crocels, Jonathan Bishop, has said the organisation intends to appeal the decision to the Upper Tribunal for Charities. “Crocels will be appealing the decision on the grounds that achieving these does not require change in UK Government policy,” he said. “Other reasons include Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights means that the member companies of Crocels should be able to dispose of their surplus for charitable purposes,” he continued. “Article 10 of the Convention means that Crocels Research has a right to provide ideas to the UK Government and the Charity Commision and the UK Courts should not inhibit this academic freedom.
Jonathan Bishop Limited should not be preventing from licensing its IP for charitable purposes as per Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the Convention.
And finally that Crocels Cooperators Party should not be prevented from seeking to promote the ideas of Crocels and its member companies in elected bodies.

Rhondda AM benefits from ‘female privilege’ at South Wales Police

The Welsh Assembly member for Rhondda, Leanne Wood, has benefited from the proven benevolent sexism at South Wales Police, amounting to what an expert calls ‘female privilege.’

Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood became one of the many women in South Wales who benefit from police attention for Internet trolling just because they are women.

A freedom of information request by Crocels News has found up to 5 times as many men are arrested and charged for Internet trolling as women.

Leanne Wood’s victim, popular DJ Dave Begley, sent a spur of the moment tweet to Leanne Wood’s Twitter account, which she was not manning due to being on the television at the time. The tweet conveyed a non-credible threat that Begley wished Leanne Wood was “gang raped by immigrants,” when it was in the moment and not intended to be perceived as Mr Begley’s actual opinion.

Popular DJ Dave Begley becomes the latest victim of the female privilege at South Wales Police whre more men are being charged for Internet trolling than women.
VICTIM: Popular DJ Dave Begley becomes the latest victim of the female privilege at South Wales Police where more men are being charged for Internet trolling than women. Courtesy: Encore Communications Inc

Internet trolling and cyberstalking expert Councillor Jonathan Bishop, of Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking, says he is not surprised by the situation. “My research has found that South Wales Police are up to five times more likely to take action where the person accused of trolling is a man and the accuser is woman,” he said. “This female privilege at the heart of South Wales Police is totally unacceptable as everyone should have equal access to justice regardless of their sex.
The legal case of Calver v The Adjudication Panel for Wales found that politicians are expected to have a thicker skin and the case of DPP v Chambers found that someone has to feel apprehension to be a victim of trolling.
Rape threats are common online and most are non-credible threats.
If the leader of Plaid Cymru feels apprehension from receiving a non-credible threat on Twitter, one should ask whether she is in the right job.

Councillor Bishop said that most trolling laws focus on the rights of the victim as opposed to the rights of the public in general, and he did not think police time should be focussed on public figures like Leanne Wood. “I might have had a different opinion on the prosecution of Mr Begley if the focus had not been on Leanne Wood’s feelings, but if he had been prosecuted under the Public Order Act for making threatening statements that could offend members of the public,” he said. “We should question why the police are spending time on rape threats rather than focusing on actual victims of rape of all sexes who all too often are blamed, disbelieved or otherwise fobbed off by the police for what is usually a planned attack against them.

District Judge Neil Thomas of Swansea Magistrates Court sentenced Dave Begley to 12 weeks in prison. Leanne Wood remains the Welsh Assembly Member for Rhondda.

Jonathan Bishop’s research paper on South Wales Police, “The Thin-Blue Web: Police Crime Records of Internet Trolling Show Chivalrous Attitudes That Can Be Resolved through Transfer of Powers,” was published in the Handbook of Research on Cultural and Economic Impacts of the Information Society by IGI Global in 2015. His research paper on rape threats, ‘Cyber-stalking or just plain talking?: Linguistic properties of rape-threat messages reflect underlying compulsive behaviours” was published in the book  Psychological and Social Issues Surrounding Internet and Gaming Addiction also by IGI Global in 2015.

Internet addiction research ‘lacks insight’

Researchers at Swansea University and other institutions who claim links between the Internet and ill-health lack “insight” an expert has said.

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LACKS INSIGHT: Professor Phil Reed’s research lacks insight, a digital addiction expert has said. Courtesy: PHIRE Scientists.

Swansea University researchers, Professor Phil Reed and Rebecca Vile, made the claims in a study in collaboration with Dr Lisa A Osborne from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) health board and Dr Michela Romano and Professor Roberto Truzoli from the University of Milan.

Jonathan Bishop is the CEO of Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking. “My recent research on ‘digital addiction,’ and studies from the 1990s, show they do not know what they are talking about,” he said. “People with ill-health, whether they have social phobia or other anxiety disorders, turn to the Internet and social media like a comfort blanket.
Once called ‘crackberries’ when Blackberries were the leading smartphone, people with digital addiction use their digital devices as a distraction, when in the past they might have used chewing gum, cigarettes or similar.
Instead of blaming people for using their devices to access the Internet, the researchers at Swansea University, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and the University of Milan, should be finding new ways to help people deal with their underlying health problems.

Jonathan Bishop’s book, Psychological and Social Implications Surrounding Internet and Gaming Addiction, is published by IGI Global.

Regulate social media platforms – Maria Miller

A United Kingdom Member of Parliament is calling for significant reform of the way social media is regulated in the country.

Maria Miller says more regulation is needed of social media platforms
SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA: Maria Miller says more regulation is needed of social media platforms. Courtesy: The Great Critique Blog

Maria Miller, who is the MP for Basingstoke, says the current system is circumnavigated by social media platforms. “We need to get the government to focus on the broader problem of internet abuse in its many and varied forms and not simply take a sticking plaster approach to it,” she said. “We have to make sure that as a country we are challenging the operators to clean up their act.
“Whether it’s Twitter, Google, Facebook, Instragram, all of them need to be much more clearly held to account for the way they are operating in our country.
These are multi-national companies who are hiding behind a cloak of anonymity and we need to expose them and get them to be more transparent in the way they are operating and the level of abuse that is going on through their operations.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is an Internet trolling and cyberstalking expert who is the CEO of Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking. “It is my view that the criminal laws for trolling are strong enough, although they could do with some tidying up as they date from 1988 to 2003,” he said. “When the United Kingdom leaves the EU it will be really difficult for ordinary citizens to take action against social media platforms, so I think it is essential that if Maria Miller’s proposals for a levy on social media firms goes ahead that it should fund an Internet Ombudsman like I proposed in 2010 and not the police, whose heavy handed approach to trolling goes too far in many cases.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop’s research paper that proposed an Internet Ombudsman was called “Tough on data misuse, tough on the causes of data misuse: A review of New Labour’s approach to information security and regulating the misuse of digital information (1997-2010)” and was published in the International Review of Law, Computers & Technology.

Michael Gove ‘victim’ of cybersquatting

Michael Gove’s campaign to become the UK Conservative Party’s leader and UK Prime Minister has become the target of cybersquatting.

Mr Gove’s campaign, called “Gove2016“, was followed with someone buying the the domain www.gove2016.co.uk and placing a comic story about the Justice Secretary justifying becoming Prime Minister to the incumbent, David Cameron.

The media have been reporting the story as damaging to the campaign, but Internet trolling expert Jonathan Bishop says the action has little impact in the current age. “With a virtually unlimited number of domain names it makes no difference whether one buys a .co.uk, .com or any other top-level domain,” he said. “Search engines index by popularity and significance, so whatever domain Michael Gove chooses, as soon as the mainstream media start using it then it will be at the top of the search engines.

The domain name gove2016.co.uk was cybersquatted. Experts say it will have little impact.
GOVE IS GONE: The domain name gove2016.co.uk was cybersquatted. Experts say it will have little impact. Courtesy: Michael Gove.

Jonathan Bishop states, however, that there are more effective ways to derail Gove’s campaign. “Flooding the #Gove2016 tag with unwanted content would be more effective,” he said. “Registering Gove2016 on social media accounts off the radar of Michael Gove and his campaign would also be effective.

Jonathan Bishop assists victims of cyberbullying and online harassment regain control of their lives. Most recently he helped a French/English couple get back on track following them being the victims of radical skeptics Dr Andrew Lewis and Melanie Byng. Details on his counter-trolling services can be found at www.crocels.co.uk.

Instagram passing responsibility for legal breaches onto users

Instagram, the photograph sharing service, is trying to pass responsibility for its alleged breaches of the law onto its users, it has been found.

Instagram, which is led by Kevin Systrom as its CEO, has been founded inviting corporations it has been alleged to have breached the intellectual property of to get in touch with users who might not be aware of such actions.

The news comes as increasing pressure is being put on its rival Twitter to take responsibility for the illegal actions of its users, such as the posting of indecent, obscene, menacing or threatening content, which it says to victims are within its own rules.

Kevin Systrom is the CEO of Instagram, which is asking corporations to take its alleged breaches of the law up with users directly
NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY: Kevin Systrom is the CEO of Instagram, which is asking corporations to take its alleged breaches of the law up with users directly. Courtesy: AFP

In one instance a corporation was asked by Instagram in a trademark dispute to contact a user directly, telling them “If you would like to contact the user to see if they might be willing to yield their username to you, we would suggest creating an account with an alternate username and leaving a comment on one of their photos or videos.”

Under the E-Commerce Directive, which has been transposed into UK law through the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002, providers of information society services like Instagram and Twitter are required not to allow any unlawful content to be hosted on their platforms.

Both Instagram and Twitter are expecting both businesses and consumers to resolve issues between themselves, when the law puts the liability firmly at the door of social media platforms. Known as sysop prerogative, website owners like Instagram and Twitter are only allowed in theory to do what the law entitles them to do, but in practice will use their own rules to justify not following the law.

Following being approached by Crocels News, a spokesperson from Instagram confirmed that if the company’s own rules have not been broken that it is in their view not their responsibility, even it would seem if the law has been broken by them.

Councillor entitled to free speech

Councillor Louisa Mills complained that articles posted to discredit her links with Llantrisant amounted to 'harassment'
COMPLAINER: Councillor Louisa Mills complained that articles posted to discredit her links with Llantrisant amounted to “harassment”.

The Public Service Ombudsman for Wales has ruled that a councillor who faced a complaint of “harassment” from another councillor he wrote articles about online was entitled to free speech.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop, who is the parish councillor for Cam East, was accused of harassment by Councillor Louisa Mills, who is the community councillor for Llantrisant on Llantrisant Community Council.

Councillor Bishop was accused by Councillor Mills of harassment when he posted articles on the Internet to discredit her links with Llantrisant when both were contesting a by-election to Llantrisant Community Council.

Councillor Mills completed her compulsory education in Carmarthen, but had studied in Llantrisant as part of her primary education. Louisa Mills complained that Councillor Bishop’s attempt to discredit her amounted to harassment.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop would not have breached the Code of Conduct in Wales by posting articles about Councillor Louisa Mills.
FREEDOM TO SPEAK: Councillor Jonathan Bishop would not have breached the Code of Conduct in Wales by posting articles about Councillor Louisa Mills. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Annie Ginwalla, the Acting Review Manager at the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, responded to an appeal by Councillor Bishop. “You are correct in your assertion and citation of relevant case law that as an elected member you are entitled to enhanced protection of your Article 10 right to the freedom of expression and in such circumstances your comments would not be considered to be a breach of the Code if you were bound by the Model Code as an elected member here in Wales,” she said in a letter to Councillor Bishop.

Councillor Louisa Mills has been informed of the decision of the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales.

Jonathan Bishop elected as parish councillor for Cam East

Jonathan Bishop has been elected as the parish councillor for Cam East in the 2016 English local elections.

Jonathan Bishop was co-opted as the parish councillor for Lower Cam in 2015 and following a reorganisation of council wards ahead of the elections in May, now represents the Cam East ward on Cam Parish Council.

Councillor Jonathan represents Cam East on Cam Parish Council.
ELECTED: Councillor Jonathan represents Cam East on Cam Parish Council. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Councillor Bishop says his plans for his term of office include to increase youth provision in the parish. “I will continue to push the council to replace the Skate Park at the Jubilee Fields with one suitable for all weathers,” he said. “It is also my intention to request the council to open up the wheelchair chicanes to Segways, so they can be used safely.

Cam Parish Council has also appointed Councillor Bishop to the Parish Cluster made up of local councillors from across Gloucestershire to meet with local government and emergency services chiefs. Councillor Bishop says he intends to encourage law enforcement agencies to think beyond outdated stereotypes. “Much anti-social behaviour results from people being drunk on licensed premises, so I also want the authorities to be tough on pub landlords who allow people to fall out drunk onto our streets, becoming either victims or perpetrators of crime,” he said. “Also, it is the case that domestic abuse is something that affects all sexes, but police resources are allocated in less equal a manner and so with same sex marriage now the norm, I will be seeking that such stereotypes are addressed by those who run the police and emergency services.

A representative from Suffragents, the men’s rights organisation, welcomed Councillor Bishop’s election and appointments. “Congratulations to Councillor Bishop and his committment to help a better community,” they said. “It is pleasing to note that he shall be serving on the Crime Committee as the area of crime is a major source of frustration to victims and how we can improve policing to reduce the fear that ordinary people have of feeling at threat.
I am sure that Councillor Bishop will take the opportunity to look into the question of both men and women being treated fairly and equally by the Police in cases of alleged Domestic Violence.
Too often we have had reports that men are being ignored and that there is a presumption that only women can be victims amongst the Authorities.

Campaign against ‘biased’ BBC reporter “sexist”

Laura Kuenssberg has been accused of bias and overdramatising political news at the BBC.
BIASED OR DRAMATICAL? Laura Kuenssberg has been accused of bias and overdramatising political news at the BBC. Courtesy: Policy Exchange

A campaign calling for the sacking of BBC political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, for her “biased” reporting of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has been called “sexist.

Jane Merrick is a former Independent on Sunday political editor said those campaigning against Laura Kuenssberg are sexist. “She has been called a whore and a bitch on Twitter,” she said about Laura Kuenssberg. “Nick Robinson used to be accused of Tory bias but he never experienced this level of nastiness.

Such allegations of sexism have been denied by the person who started the campaign. “I have been accused of sexist trolling on Twitter,” he said. “I would like to reassure everyone that I am a passionate advocate for equality in all areas, not just gender equality.
This petition has precisely zero to do with Kuenssberg’s gender.
“Regardless of the gender you identify with, there is no excuse for biased reporting and misrepresentation of facts when you represent an organisation that has been famed for its impartiality and balanced approach.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is a member of the National Union of Journalists and the Chartered Institute of Journalists. “It would appear that Laura Kuenssberg is biased against Labour, but with her reporting of the Conservative divisions on the same day as the Queen Speech shows it goes deeper than that,” he said. “Laura Kuenssberg has a record going back to 2009 of trying to create drama out of politics when in reality it is boring stuff that does not interest most people.
If Laura Kuenssberg wants to dramatise politics then she should not be working for an organisation like the BBC which is meant to be objective and impartial, but should instead work for the tabloids where her style of reporting is the accepted norm.”