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.

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.

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.

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.

Eastenders actor’s ex and friend plead guilty to porn revenge

The ex-girlfriend of an Eastenders actor and her friend have pleaded guilty to porn revenge.

Emilia Marcou, 40 of Gorleston in Norfolk made public a video of a former Eastenders actor that she had sex with in a hotel. Marcou was aided by her friend, Sarah McKenna, 40 of Stansted, Essex.

Emilia Marcou pleaded guilty to porn revenge by disclosing an video with the intention to cause distress to her ex-boyfriend.
PORN E-VENGER: Emilia Marcou pleaded guilty to porn revenge by disclosing an video with the intention to cause distress to her ex-boyfriend. Courtesy: Luigi Cianfarano

Known as Porn E-Vengers, Emilia Marcou and Sarah McKenna pleaded guilty to porn revenge under section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court.

Jonathan Bishop of Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking is an Internet trolling and Cyberstalking expert. “The unconsented disclosure of sexual videos has only been a specific offence since 2015, but it has existed for much longer,” he said. “Max Mosley was affected by disclosures of sexual footage of him, but it is important to note that he would not have been protected by the new law because the disclosure was not specifically done to cause him distress, even if that is what happened as a result of the disclosure.
The law is designed to protect former partners from videos made with ex-lovers being disclosed by them, but as the Leveson Inquiry made clear, now that the video is in the public domain, the Eastenders actor concerned as a public figure could have little expectations of privacy, regardless of the porn revenge conviction.

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.”

Independent sees off Communist Party rivals

The Independent candidate in the South Wales Central regional election to the Welsh Assembly has seen off a challenge from the Welsh Communist Party.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop, who is the parish councillor for Cam East in Gloucestershire, polled 651 votes compared to the 520 polled by the Welsh Communist Party.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop fights off the Communist Party in the South Wales Central showdown.
SEEING RED: Councillor Jonathan Bishop fights off the Communist Party in the South Wales Central showdown. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Councillor Bishop is the CEO of the Swansea-based Crocels Community Media Group, and says he is doing more to achieve Marxism than the Communist Party ever has. “The people I have working for Crocels are all self-employed yet still count as employees by the Office for National Statistics,” he said. “They are in effect their own boss, in control of their own means of production, distribution and exchange, and enjoy the fruits of their own labour.
Marxism is better achieved through the free market than any form of state socialism, and so the Communists should follow the lead of Crocels by actually forming communes in the shape of self-governing limited companies that do everything Marx intended rather than just talking about them.
Marxism could be achieved overnight if every so-called socialist put down their tools and left their jobs based on contracts of employment and then becoming self-employed.
The people who work for Crocels are enjoying the Marxist dream, which is more than any communist government in history has ever achieved.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is a researcher at Crocels’s Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems. His 2012 research paper, ‘Lessons from The Emotivate Project for Increasing Take-up of Big Society and Responsible Capitalism Initiatives,’ was published in the book, ‘Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education Incorporating Advancements’ by IGI Global.