Outrage from Oxford left following election result

first_img“We’re all in this because we want to help people, we just disagree on the methods. And so I’d never dream of referring to an opposing party as ‘scum’, ‘bastards’ or any of the other unsavoury terms I’ve seen people using against the Conservatives. We’re better than this, guys.”Meanwhile, Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) has written an open letter to ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband, thanking him for the work he did during his five years as Leader of the Opposition.Miliband resigned as leader last Friday after Labour’s worst election result since 1987, which left the party on 232 seats, a loss of 26 seats from 2010 and nearly a hundred seats short of David Cameron’s Conservative majority of 331.In his resignation speech, Miliband apologised for Labour’s poll-defying defeat, saying he took “absolute and total responsibility for the result”.Madalena Leao and Loughlan O’Doherty, OULC’s current co-chairs, commented, “For the Labour Club, and indeed the Labour movement at large, Thursday’s defeat was both unexpected in its magnitude, and immensely difficult in its implications. We are all of us dreading what a Tory government will do to this country.“However, we are also concerned that in the aftermath of the election the Labour Party regroup as quickly and effectively as possible.“In particular we are concerned that the loss of the election will prompt a rightward movement within the party and a loss of interest in some of what we consider to be highly important issues, and in particular a concern with the poorest and most vulnerable in society.“The letter itself makes clear why we think that Labour lost as it did. We do not, as of yet have any preference for a particular leader, we do however have strong opinions on the move the party needs to take.“We believe that the party needs to continue to build on its policies that target inequality and injustice within our society.“Growth is only valuable if it works for those at the bottom end of society, similarly business is only valuable if it benefits all, and in particular its least well paid employees.“This is not a case of ignoring middle class voters. Greater equality, a stronger NHS, a better education system, a society in which people don’t have to visit food banks, all these things benefit the whole of society.” Oxford Left Wing students have responded to the election result by initiating an anti-austerity movement, whilst Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) has written an open letter thanking Ed Miliband.Various left wing groups wishing to oppose the government gathered at the Wadham Refectory on Wednesday at an event entitled ‘Oxford Fight Back’, which was organised by Oxford Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century (rs21).Representatives from Trade Union Unite, OUSU’s LGBTQ Campaign, Oxford Antifascist Network, Mind your Head and Amnesty all attended the meeting. The group described themselves as “overall anti-austerity” and as “trying to build increased community links and protect the community from the Tory government”.LGBTQ Society trans rep Rowan Davis, who was chair of the meeting, commented, “In the face of five years of Tory cuts to civil liberties and the welfare state, hundreds of students and community members came together to channel the very personal anger they felt into organising a political resistance and filling in the gaps that Tory austerity will leave in its wake. The meeting successfully brought together a variety of disparate groups and I for one can’t wait to see what the new working groups come up with.”The group at the meeting did declare, however, that they were wary of creating yet another “patronising” student group that claims to want to reach out to the community.They plan to “tap into the traditions of Oxford protest” and involve themselves in other activism.They also showed interest in national demonstrations, particularly ‘End Austerity Now’, which will take place on 20th June in London. Maryam Ahmed, President of the Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) commented, “I am disappointed and upset at all the ad hominem attacks flying around on social media right now. As much as I might disagree with Labour, Lib Dem, Green, UKIP or even BNP policy, I really do believe that people of all political leanings have fundamentally good intentions.last_img read more


When can you use hidden CCTV cameras?

first_imgQ You are suspicious that an employee is up to no good and are thinking about installing hidden CCTV cameras to catch them red-handed. Is there anything you must consider first?A Occasionally, you may get a hunch that an employee is up to mischief for example, you might suspect they are stealing from the petty cash or taking drugs in the toilets. Of course, you can intervene, but you would have a much stronger hand if you had hard evidence to back up your beliefs. CCTV footage showing the culprit in the act would be ideal. But is it as simple as rigging up hidden cameras out of hours?The use of CCTV cameras is covered by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and its accompanying CCTV Code of Practice (the Code). Unlike the DPA, the Code is voluntary, but the Information Commissioner (IC) will want to know if you have followed it, should an employee complain about your use of CCTV.The Code says hidden CCTV cameras must not be used purely to obtain evidence for run-of-the-mill internal disciplinary matters. They are only justifiable where you suspect that a specific crime for example theft is being committed and you intend to involve the police.Even if these conditions are met, you will still need to carry out an “impact assessment”. This will help you decide if resorting to CCTV is a “proportionate response” to the perceived problem, or a potential breach of privacy. If it’s not clear-cut, then a less intrusive alternative should be found.Details on how to carry out an impact assessment can be found in Part 4 of the Code. For example, it says you must consider if hidden CCTV cameras will:1. be used only for this particular investigation that is, they cannot be used to generally monitor staff2. have a detrimental effect on staff who are not under suspicion3. actually identify the culprits in other words, could this be done through other means?4. add any weight to the investigation is the recording vital to establish wrongdoing?The number and placement of any hidden cameras should be proportionate to the type of investigation. Plus, you must limit access to the footage to as few employees as possible and must be able to justify who has it for example a manager and why.Keep records of your impact assessment in case your decision to use hidden CCTV cameras is ever challenged by staff.Finally, and understandably, the most contentious use of hidden CCTV cameras is in toilet areas. According to the Code, this can only be justified if you have reasonable grounds to believe a crime is being committed there for example drug dealing and police involvement is a certainty.Ensure hidden cameras in toilet areas do not cover cubicles or urinals, even partially. This would be an unlawful invasion of privacy and risks a complaint to the IC.last_img read more


Bony delighted with City move

first_img Bony’s move was confirmed by both Barclays Premier League clubs in synchronised statements on their club websites on Wednesday afternoon, although the Ivory Coast Football Federation had earlier announced the transfer on Twitter. The 26-year-old is currently on international duty with the Ivory Coast ahead of the African Nations Cup, which starts in Equatorial Guinea this weekend and could prevent his City debut until the middle of next month. “I believe we can do it.” Bony scored 20 Premier League goals in 2014, more than any other player, but promised there is much more to come from him after linking up with his Ivory Coast colleague Yaya Toure at club level. “I speak with Yaya every day on international duty and I think he will help me to become a better player and a more clinical striker,” Bony said. “I’ll be playing with great players here at City and this is an opportunity for me to work hard and to take my chance. “The Premier League is a tough league – my power is to always be in the box and in the right position. “I’m always working hard to be there to score the goals and to improve.” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said he was delighted to be adding the muscular Bony to a strikeforce which already includes Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic. “He is very difficult to mark because he is so strong,” Pellegrini told the official club website. “He is an intelligent footballer who has skill and power. “His goals record has been excellent since he came to England. He adapted very quickly to the game here and I think he will settle in at City quickly. He will be a very good addition to our squad. ” We now have four top-class strikers and I am looking forward to seeing them work together.” Bony’s departure means Swansea have almost doubled their transfer record for selling a player, the previous highest fee being the £15m Liverpool paid for Wales midfielder Joe Allen in 2012. The Ivorian took time to settle in South Wales and previous Swansea manager Michael Laudrup often left him out of the team due to concerns over the player’s fitness. But Bony’s double in a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City on New Year’s Day 2014 was the start of a prolific year and he ended up winning four awards at Swansea’s end-of-season function. “Everyone at Swansea City would like to thank Wilfried for his superb service to the club, and wish him well for the future,” said a statement on the Swansea website. Manchester City have completed the transfer of Swansea striker Wilfried Bony for a £25million fee. Bony has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at the Etihad Stadium and will wear the number 14 shirt. His fee could rise as high as £28million. He joins the English champions after scoring 34 goals in 70 appearances for Swansea following his £12m move from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013. “It’s a great feeling for me, it’s a big honour to be here and it’s a great challenge,” Bony told the official Manchester City website. “As a player it’s always good to be part of one of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s a good opportunity for me to be in that situation now – I’m really proud. “I felt excited to wait for this moment and now it’s come, it’s fantastic. “I think it’s a great decision for me – Manchester City is in the Champions League. “You remember at the end of last season I said that if I want to move it will be to a team in the competition because it’s a great tournament that I really want to play in and one that I want to win. “It’s a motivation for me to give my maximum to be in that place. City is a big club with great players with a lot of experience. Press Associationlast_img read more



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