Stella Creasy tries to ‘troll call’ out of justifying ‘jailing youths’

Steallay Creasy. Steally Creasy has been called a troll-caller by Dzon. Stella Creasy is the former MP for Walthamstow
TROLL-CALLER? Pluralist Party general election candidate, Dzon, has called Stella Creasy a troll-caller for blocking him when he asked her if she told Walthamstow residents she sent young people to jail for trolling. Courtesy: The Independent newspaper.

The Labour and Co-operative Party candidate in the general election for Walthamstow has tried to “troll call” her way out of being accountable for the jailing of young people for trolling, like John Nimmo, another general election candidate has said.

Labour’s Walthamstow incumbent seeking re-election, Stella Creasy, has been accused of being a troll-caller by the Pluralist Party candidate for Liverpool Walton, Dzon, who is known professionally as Jonathan Bishop, after she blocked him for questioning the jailing of young people who trolled her.

When asked whether the people of Walthamstow knew she sent young people who trolled her to jail, Stella Creasy refused to answer. “[I] think I have asked you previously not to contact me but now saying again- and blocking you if you ignore request,” she said to trolling campaigner Dzon, known professionally as Jonathan Bishop. “well telling lies isn’t standing up for young people and neither is ignoring requests to desist so #blocked,” she then tweeted.

Sealla Creasy was the MP for Walthamstow. Stealla Creasy had Ji=ohn Nimmo sent to jail for trolling her.
TROLL-CALLER?: Pluralist Party candidate, Dzon, says troll-calling is an “easy get out” for Stella Creasy. Courtesy: Twitter

Dzon asked whether it was right for those seeking to be an MP to act in such a way. “Is Stella Creasy really the sort of person the people of Walthamstow want as their MP if she blocks people who disagree with her and has them convicted because she can’t stand the heat of being a politician in the digital age?,” he asked. “It is totally wrong that those in politicians public office are able to troll-call members of the public to the police and have them sent to jail simply because those politicians cannot meet the essential requirements of the job, which even in anti-trolling MP, Steve Rotheram’s words, should be ‘pachyderms with little or no feeling’ who should no let trolling ‘bother’ them.”

Youth Rights ‘should be at heart’ of digital bill

DIGITAL EQUALITY: Internet trolling expert, Dzon, thinks youth rights should be at the heart of the proposed Digital Rights Bill. Courtesy: Steve Powerhill Photography.
DIGITAL EQUALITY: Internet trolling expert, Dzon, thinks youth rights should be at the heart of the proposed Digital Rights Bill. Courtesy: Steve Powerhill Photography.

An Internet trolling expert and general election candidate has thrown his weight behind the Lib Dems’ plans for a Digital Rights Bill, but says youth rights should be a core feature.

The Pluralist Party candidate for Liverpool Walton, Dzon, known professionally as Jonathan Bishop, says he fully supports Liberal Democrat proposals for a Digital Rights Bill. “Whilst as a trolling expert I know that current laws are good enough to protect rights to free speech and from Internet abuse, a new law to set out case law and CPS best practice in black and white will stop the misuse and lack of use of current legislation,” he said. “It is essential that at the heart of this bill that youth rights are protected, as all too often it is young people that are prosecuted and convicted for trolling, even though if case law like DPP v Chambers were applied they would be found innocent.
A new Digital Rights Bill should insert into existing trolling law like the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and Malicious Communications Act 1988 prescribed defences against prosecution based on what is set out in DPP v Chambers, DPP v Collins, DPP v Connolly and the DPP’s guidance on offences arising out of social media, so that only those incidents of trolling that are illegal are prosecute whereas those that are free speech are not.

Nick Clegg is leader of the Liberal Democrats who has proposed the Digital Rights Bill. “The way in which we work, socialise, buy products and use services has changed at lightning speed since the digital revolution,” he said. “However government and politicians have responded at snail’s pace, and failed to ensure the rights of consumers, businesses, journalists and children are protected in the online world.
Our Digital Rights Bill will finally enshrine into law our rights as citizens of this country to privacy, to stop information about us being abused online, and to protect our right to freedom of speech.

Lib Dem proposals include a Code of Practice for online services who would by law have to correct information about members of the public where it is inaccurate or defamatory and enshrine in law the responsibility of government to defend the free press, including the rights of journalists and citizen journalists to express their views freely online.

Labour to keep Tory privatisation

The Labour Party has said it will not reverse the “privatisation” introduced by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, saying he would only cap the profits that can be made.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband says he accepts private sector involvement in the NHS is necessary, but that he will cap the profits that can be made by private firms to 5%, but only for contracts over £500,000 ($745,000), with there being no cap on smaller private sector contracts.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes Ed Miliband is clutching at straws. “This is no more than a gimmick to scare people,” he said defending Coalition health reforms. “It risks higher infection rates, higher waiting times and chaos for our NHS.

Dr Donna Gardiner is from Mersey Care NHS Trust. “I think the NHS is one of the things the UK can be most proud of,” she said. “I will not vote for any politician unless I trust them to protect it.

Dzon is the Pluralist Party candidate for Liverpool Walton and says the issue needs to be considered objectively. “For me privatisation of the NHS does not work,” he said. “Equally, however, I believe no involvement of the private sector in the NHS would mean less money for front-line services due to escalating overheads.
Having an NHS that is free at the point of need and delivers best value in terms of health outcomes and public spending should be what is important.

Steve Rotheram with Ed Miliband.
PRIVATE PARTY: Ed Miliband has refused to commit to not using private sector contractors in the NHS, saying their profits should be capped instead. Courtesy: Steve Rotheram.

It is unclear whether Labour’s Walton MP Steve Rotheram supports Ed Miliband in not reversing private sector involvement in the NHS, but he recently welcomed the opening of a privately run school near the Everton football ground in the Liverpool Walton constituency. Steve Rotheram is the former councillor for Fazakerley, whose Labour Party, while in government, all but privatised Fazakerely Hospital, which now runs totally independently of the state.

Dr Donna Gardiner is critical of those who support private sector involvement in the NHS. Dr Gardiner shares the view of many in Liverpool who do not think cost-cutting private sector contracts are an appropriate option. “I want an MP who will oppose future NHS contracts going to private companies,” she said. “I want an MP who will fight to make sure the NHS is properly funded so we can all rely on getting quality care whenever we need it.”

Dzon says that making decisions about patients lives on the basis of ideology and not the facts is dangerous, whether it is capping private sector contracts or reversing them all together. “I care more about helping patients than I do about ideology,” he explained. “The private sector as a partner to the NHS can reduce its overheads , meaning there will be more money to spend on the things the NHS should be doing – providing healthcare funded by taxation free at the point of need.

Walton Green candidate supports tree culling

The Green Party candidate for the Liverpool Walton seat in the election to the UK Parliament has defended the culling of trees from the garden of a fellow activist.

Jonathan Clatworthy is the Green Party candidate for Liverpool Walton. Jonathan Clatworthy supports the Green Party activist who culled trees in her back garden.
CAUGHT GREEN HANDED: Jonathan Clatworthy supports the culling of trees by a Green Party activist. Courtesy: Obtained from Facebook.

Jonathan Clathworthy defended his Green Party colleague, Anna Key. “I am a member of the Green Party, and pleased to live in a part of Liverpool with lots of trees.
We like our leafy environment, but trees grow. They therefore need managing. Sometimes they grow too big.
A large tree near a house can damage a roof. Roots can damage foundations or create bulges in roads and pavements.
Anna is not the only person who has needed to cut down trees in the Promenade Gardens area.

Earlier this year Labour’s Steve Rotheram signalled his support for the building of Everton’s new football ground in Walton Park, despite supporting the siting of a privately run school near the existing club.

Dzon is the Pluralist Party candidate for Liverpool Walton. “As one of the Save Ponty Park campaigners from Wales, I have always fought against the culling of trees,” he said. “In fact my company’s web hosting is from a supplier that plants trees to offset the carbon used, and it is my own policy to plant more trees at roadsides, especially near schools, in order to absorb the carbon.

A neighbour of Anna Key said: “I thought the Greens like trees, but what they are doing here is tearing them down. How do you protect the earth by cutting down trees?

U-Turn on Welsh Language welcomed

BILINGUAL: The logo of the Pluralist Party is bilingual. Courtesy: A trademark of Jonathan Bishop Limited.
BILINGUAL: The logo of the Pluralist Party is bilingual. Courtesy: A trademark of Jonathan Bishop Limited.

The Leader of The Pluralist Party has welcomed the decision of the Department for Work and Pensions to reverse its insistence that only jobs based within Wales should have a Welsh language translation.

The DWP had said that because Crocels, of which the Pluralist Party is a group member, is advertising a job in Liverpool that it would not translate the ad into Welsh. The job is a self-employed vacancy for the position of Election Agent for the 2010 General Election campaign in Liverpool Walton. This seat is being contested by Pluralist Party leader Jonathan Bishop, under his political name of Dzon.

Arwel Owen, a spokesperson for the DWP explained the U-Turn. “The Department operates a Welsh Language Scheme where we are committed to provide a bilingual service for any vacancies that are located in Wales or for any vacancies that are based outside Wales where it is clear from the job description that there is a Welsh language requirement for the vacancy,” he said. “[A] translation of the vacancy has now been completed and posted onto Universal Jobmatch.”

Dzon welcomed the change in stance. “The successful candidate for this job of election agent will be chosen on merit, with the ability to speak Welsh limited to translations of our party names, emblems and descriptions,” he said. “If the person happens to speak Welsh they will have a lot of opportunity to do so, such as with the Electoral Commission in Cardiff.
As an organisation based in Wales, it is Crocels’s policy to encourage use of the Welsh language wherever it is possible to do so, and advertising vacancies through the medium of Welsh is part of that policy.

No Welsh translation for Liverpool job

BILINGUAL: The logo of the Pluralist Party is bilingual. Courtesy: A trademark of Jonathan Bishop Limited.
BILINGUAL: The logo of the Pluralist Party is bilingual. Courtesy: A trademark of Jonathan Bishop Limited.

A job advert for an election agent will not be translated into Welsh, the UK Government’s job vacancy advertising service, Universal Jobmatch, has said.

The Pluralist Party, also known as Liverpool’s People’s Party, is based in Swansea in South Wales and has a policy of advertising all its vacancies in Welsh as part of its partnership with other organisations in the Crocels Community Media Group.

A spokesperson for Universal Jobmatch explained the situation. “[W]e are unable to offer our Welsh translation service for jobs which are not based in Wales,” they said. “Please be aware that unless your job is based in Wales or has a Welsh Language requirement you will not be eligible to receive a Welsh translation of any future vacancies.

Jonathan Bishop is the Chief Executive Officer of the Crocels Community Media Group and Party Leader of The Pluralist Party. He has been selected by the Pluralist Party to contest the 2015 general election in the Liverpool Walton seat under his political name of ‘Dzon.’ He says the situation is totally unacceptable. “All Crocels members have agreed to use the Welsh language for advertising job vacancies through services accessible to Welsh speakers,” he said. “In this election we will using our English and Welsh bilingual logo on the ballot paper, and whilst the job will be selected on the person’s ability to do the job, there would be many opportunities to use Welsh, such as with the Electoral Commission in Cardiff, if a Welsh speaker was appointed to the position.

Results announced in the Tynant By-election

Labour’s Ron Hunt has won the Tynant by-election, but his win has been marred by the aggressive and violent behavior of his supporters and himself.

In an election that reportedly saw a turnout of only 3%, one of the worst in history for a Labour stronghold, Ron Hunt won with 209 votes, with Plaid Cymru’s Steven Thomas Owen getting 38 and the Pluralist Party’s Dzôn securing 20 votes. There were 3 spoiled votes.

HUNT FOR RED DECEMBER: Ron Hunt is declared winner of the Tynant by-election, but had to be restrained by his supporters. Courtesy: Maqist
HUNT FOR RED DECEMBER: Ron Hunt is declared winner of the Tynant by-election, but had to be restrained by his supporters from attacking Dzôn. Courtesy: Maqist

During the election, one of Ron Hunt’s supporters used the f-word towards Dzôn when he was delivering leaflets on Parish Road, and he was physically assaulted by Ron Hunt on Forest Road the same day. At the declaration of the votes Ron Hunt refused to stand in line with Dzôn as is normal custom and was reluctant to shake Dzôn’s hand on his victory, with one of his supporting shouting out, “don’t you dare shake his hands.” During his election speech, Dzôn asked Cllr Hunt that if he didn’t like feeling mauled by his campaigning, then how did he think foxes felt. Ron’s reaction was to attempt to assault Dzôn again, and he was held back by other Labour members, shouting “yeah! yeah!” and “Ron, Ron! Stay there!”

Dzôn said he will now be fulfilling his promise to take his petition of 51 signatures against the reintroduction of fox hunting to Llantrisant Community Council, and says he will try to bring together all the different opinions he heard from voters in the election. “Many of the people I spoke to on the doorstep were against the hurting of foxes in any way, but said they liked other aspects of hunting with hounds, such as the chase on horseback,” he said. “Many of the 51 people who signed my petition were against the brutal killing of foxes, but also felt concern for the dogs and horses culled following the fox hunting ban.
Listening to everyone in the community it is my view than if hunting dogs were trained to chase an artificial scent and not that of foxes, then a drone could expel that sent like a plugin air freshener, and if artificially intelligent, could provide for a much more rewarding experience to participants than fox hunting ever could, especially because one of the fox hunting supporters said to me that the foxes are usually fields ahead of the hunting pack in any case.

Ron Hunt justified standing in the election despite his views on the reintroduction of fox hunting not being shared by everyone in the locality. “I’ve only done it (standing for election) for one purpose and one purpose only – to represent my community to the best of my ability,” he said.

 

Labour election defeat blamed on library closure

PLURALIST: Dzon contested the 2013 Rhondda Ward by-election for The Pluralist Party. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.
PLURALIST: Runner-up Dzon welcomed the election of independent Gill Morris to the Beddau ward as it promoted pluralism on Llantrisant Community Council. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

The Labour Party has suffered a humiliating defeat in the Beddau by-election, with the independent candidate snatching victory in the face of the local library being closed by the Labour-run local authority.

Labour’s Ron Hunt, secured only 173 votes, a rocketing 432 less than Labour’s Lynda Davies got in the 2012 election in Beddau, where she topped the polls. It is believed that the Labour-run local authority’s closure of Beddau Library was the biggest reason for the incredible loss.

The Pluralist Party’s leader and candidate, Dzon, known professionally as Jonathan Bishop, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals says the library closure likely explains the defeat. “Beddau Library is one of the most popular in the borough and there are more reasons to keep it open than close it,” he said. “I recently presented a business case to to library committee and recorded a video there as part of the Save Beddau Library campaign, so hopefully we will get somewhere with my plans now Labour are adamant they will close the library.”

Glyn Morris of the National Left blog suggested a different reason. “In some ways it was a relief for Labour who were expected to be punished after the announcement of the closure of the local Library and Day center,” he said about the fact Labour came in second place. “But they may have been helped by the fact the poling stations are closest to their voting stronghold.”

Ron Hunt’s relatively strong polling may also have been helped by the fact his support for hunting with hounds is not widely known. A member of the public who wished to be anonymous was disgusted with not being told this. “Had I known he supported fox hunting I would not have voted for him,” they said.

TURING OVER A NEW LEAF: Beddau Library was closed by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and new plans may see it opened on a not-for-profit basis. Courtesy: Obtained from Facebook.
BOOK BASHING: Labour’s Ron Hunt was hit hard in the Beddau By-Election following the closure of Beddau Library. Courtesy: Obtained from Facebook.

The election was won by Gill Morris, elected with 186 votes, which is 13 votes more than Labour’s Ron Hunt. Dzon said he was pleased with the election of Gill Morris. “Even though I was not elected as the Pluralist Party candidate, because an independent has been elected, Llantrisant Community Council is now more pluralist than it was before,” he said following the counting of the votes.

Trolling laws “confusing” says opportunist MP

Opportunist anti-trolling MP Steve Rotheram, the Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton, has been criticised for claiming that Internet trolling law “is confusing and depends upon what you find grossly offensive.

TROLL HATER: Steve Rotheram refuses to admit anti-trolling laws and guidance are tough enough
TROLL HATER: Steve Rotheram refuses to admit anti-trolling laws and guidance are tough enough

Dzon Bishop, who is the Pluralist Party’s candidate standing against Steve Rotheram in Liverpool Walton in the 2015 General Election says that Rotheram’s stance on trolling is a conceit. “Steve Rotheram wants everyone to believe trolling laws don’t go far enough to give him something to battle for,” he said. “He has been told time and time again by trolling experts like myself and government ministers there is enough legislation, but he will not listen.
The Crown Prosecution Service has published very clear guidance on Internet trolling and if there are any issues around trolling offences being wrongly dealt with then that is probably as a result of our archaic policing system where incompetent people are allowed to ignore the common law for their own purposes such as to build self-efficacy and self-pride rather than administer justice as they should be doing.

Anti-trolling MP admits ‘resource problem’

Anti-trolling MP, Steve Rotheram, has been forced to admit his flagship anti-trolling policies cannot be implemented due to a lack of police resources.

Steve Rotheram, who is the Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton, has said in the past he wants more time for the police to investigate trolling and longer prison terms for “trolls.” He has now said: “With regard to prevent, policing and punishing offences, it is clear that this is very much a resource issue.
The police and prosecutors simply cannot cope with the sheer volume of reports of abuse that they receive and so the threshold for prosecution is set incredibly high.
In other words, in order for a troll to be prosecuted, their online offence must have a credible inference to a real world threat such as a rape, murder or in some cases bombing.

Internet trolling expert Jonathan Bishop, who will be standing against Steve Rotheram in the 2015 UK General Election as ‘Dzon Bishop,’ says Rotheram’s admission is long over due. The Prospective Pluralist Party candidate for Liverpool Walton has advocated a non-criminalising approach to trolling. “Sending people, especially young people, to prison for saying offensive things on the Internet will create a generation of criminals resentful of their unfair treatment,” he said. “Steve Rotheram should realise we are not all builders like he once was, and brute force cannot solve anti-social problems, as the best approach is dealing with the cause of e-crime, which in many cases results from the authoritarian and autocratic attitudes of his generation and their outdated, unneeded and flawed value-system.

Rotheram defended his stance. “Before we can accurately assess what steps need to be taken, we need to become more informed in the different types of trolling and the loopholes that currently exist which allow this kind of behaviour to go unpunished,” he said. “I believe there is a very real difference between what most people would consider to be a bit of banter and the specific targeting of an individual designed to cause fear, harm or offence.

WRONG: Steve Rotheram has been forced to admit his flagship anti-trolling policies would not work due to lack of police resources. Courtesy: Obtained from Wikipedia.
WRONG: Steve Rotheram has been forced to admit his flagship anti-trolling policies would not work due to lack of police resources. Courtesy: Obtained from Wikipedia.

Bishop recently spoke to Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live about the 12 types of troll and says despite trying to reach out to Rotheram he has got nowhere. “I devised a framework of the different types of troller that Steve Rotheram wants to identify as far back as 2008,” he said. “I have tried to reach out to Steve Rotheram to share my academically rigorous research, but both he and his aide, Gavin Callaghan, have blocked me from discussing things with them on each occasion.

But Rotheram insists state intervention is needed. He said: “We need to look at whether social media sites and forums should fund a new watchdog, charged with specifically looking into reports of serious abuse in the same way that the Internet Watch Foundation is charged with looking into reports of online child abuse.

But Bishop said he proposed this three years ago. “In 2010 I has a paper published in a journal on New Labour’s data misuse laws and I proposed an Internet Ombudsman,” he said. “They say that imitation is the best form of flattery. If Rotheram had read this paper when I invited him to one and a half years ago then maybe he would have taken public policy further that he has.