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Tips for gigging with a dep musician

My band is set to do a gig with a just-for-one-night replacement drummer, which is an interesting thing to contemplate the first time around. My advice to the guys who were wondering how well it would work was: Read more

The Lib Dem disciplinary process is a Harassers Charter – it needs to change

The long running sexual harassment story in the Lib Dems has crawled across a milestone from one phase to another. Having failed to reach a clear conclusion, the Lord Rennard story will sadly carry on to the detriment of all involved. At the heart of it all is the party’s disciplinary process (such as it is), and the culture surrounding it. In adopting the standard of “proof beyond a reasonable doubt”, we Liberal Democrats would appear to consider ourselves equal to a criminal court. This is an arrogant conceit; it cannot be left to stand.

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Being safe, sound and free: surveillance needs monitoring, too

Privacy is something we take for granted. We lower our voices, close doors and curtains, and simply expect that trusted friends and colleagues would not think to reveal private information. Even trivial things, that are perfectly legal, can be embarrassing. They can be damaging to our reputations and livelihoods. They can provide dirt for mud-slinging, affecting processes from civil claims to democratic elections. Until the human race is entirely free of prejudice and unconscious bias – don’t hold your breath – this will remain the case. Make no mistake, mass surveillance is counter to the nation’s interests.

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The importance of trust

The importance of trust
3 Jan 1845

Paddy Ashdown has inspired an editorial via an interview in The Times today (Links: £), on the subject trust. I largely agree with the point being made – trust is important. This is a non-partisan point. Trust is part of the fabric of society. If you are of Thatcher’s “no such thing as society” view, then as she said shortly after that, “life is a reciprocal business”. However, The Times goes a bit astray if it meant to actually engender trust.

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