Empowering the IPCC

The IPCC is supposed to police the police and yet from the reports show they are not doing their job. They send out investigations to local forces or do not do the job in the first place.

It looks like they are going to be getting worse especially with the information of more private companies being brought in to run various areas or carry out investigations with out being scrutinized by anyone. I think the idea of bringing in outside bodies is a bad idea in the first place just because they are cheaper than using the police. The biggest problem with this the outside help are looking at their profits and share holder dividends not good practice when dealing with the general public.

Personal opinion the entire IPCC should be not dumped but changed so they are 100% independent from the police, investigations should be carried out by them not other police forces and all outside contractors should also come under the IPCC when something bad happens like deaths in custody suites or brutality against the general public.

Something else to come out the debate was the fact officers under investigation have the right of silence when being interviewed by them and yet when the investigating officer thinks the person being talked to enters the ground of possible criminal offenses they stop the interview and caution the person. I think that should be dumped as it is important that when investigating an indecent they want to know what happened before it becomes news, see the Ian Thomlinson situation. The moment it hit the news quite a few officers came forward but in the initial look no one did. The police serve us the public by making sure we are safe and bad cops should be sought and dealt with as one bad cop tars the entire force, very similar to the ‘Pleb Gate’ incident when the police have one story and the minister involved a completely different one. I know which story I believe, but that is more due to the fact I do not trust politicians to tell the truth.

Education

Mr Laws’s speech praised his predicessor Ms. Teather for her work in bringing in the pupil premium which could be a great way of bringing up the poorest pupils, but that would work if it gets spent on the pupils it is aimed at. From reports earlier in the week running up to the conference stated the schools receiving it are not paying for the poorest to improve but being spent on all the pupils from the poorest to the richest.

His announcement on summer schools came as a surprise to me, but i have not really been keeping up on education. The help giving to pupils moving from Primary to Secondary Schools is good as, as he said, the backward steps pupils have over the long summer holidays could be a problem. I only hope the pupils with learning issues are giving the help they need to give them a similar chance as those with out, without this help then the pupils with learning disabilities are automatically at a disadvantage.

One thing i have noticed that both Mr. Laws speech and the Early Years motion again i hear the word disadvantaged, i am only guessing but i think they are talking about the poor. What the hell has happened to pupils with Learning Disabilities as they can come from any section of society. I again am not sure on numbers at this time but it would be nice to hear about support for them, as i am one as i am Dyslexic and that was not picked up until i went to Uni and I went and got tested. I just hope the discovery of those pupils with learning disabilities are getting discovered.

The debate post Mr. Laws speech covered a lot of different but important areas of Early Years and general schooling for the compulsory school years.

Here are some of the points raised during the two debates.  A very valid point brought up centred around the cost of child care and the fact a lot of women have had to think about the costs over actually working. One speaker brought up the point that one woman, working full time, only had £300 a month to live on after taking into account the cost of child care. Another speaker, a business woman, brought up the fact child care costs can not be written off against the company tax bill as without child care it is likely she also would not be working due to the costs. Some speakers brought up the fact child care costs here are very high to the point both Finland and Sweden had higher and other countries had a different child to carer ratios. I personally agree with the point of looking for best practice on child care, but I also think one very important aspect that needs looking at is cost as figures quoted on the motion papers stated child care costs between £5000 and £15,000 a year for one child. I will leave you to do the maths on if a family have two or more. Why is it so high here.

The next motion covered the compulsory schooling. One very important point to come out of the speakers covered accountability of Academies and Free Schools and the fact sponsors have secret funding agreements, even unknown to the governors of the school. Another point brought up was the fact 40% of the Academies are now under special measures because of falling standards. The Conservatives have trumpeted this scheme from the roof tops to the point they want more academies and tech colleges, they could be a good idea as long as they are accountable to the Governors, teachers, parents and children. I now have to admit something but with the evidence brought of how Welsh schools were doing in comparison to English Schools since Wales dumped the publication of league tables has changed me on that point.The idea i can see now would be an excellent way of improving schools but not under the current system of lots of exam boards all competing for the same pupils to take their exams. One board would mean at least the people can see which schools were the best. Something else with the introduction of the EBac and the fact it is solely aimed at academic work not practical work. Some pupils will excel at the Academic and some will not. Schools need to be inclusive and help all not just the academic.

Lib Dem Conference Reports

I will be blogging on the three main conferences as it is during these we get an idea on what might be coming up in the next year and possibly what will be in the manifestos.

Today the Lib Dem Conference starts in Brighton with the issues of respect of the police and the murder of two WPCs in Manchester along with Mr Clegg’s apology. The main aspects that looks to be on the books for the conference is Tax and the Economy.

My personal political views are more in line with the Lib Dems than the other parties but with the way politicians act and fail to listen to the people means i support no party at all. Come the elections I spoil my ballot paper by putting a cross through the entire thing as it shows that none of the parties have my support.

The gun culture and British Police Service

I watched Sky News during the time of the two police women were murdered and throughout the afternoon and this morning they have had people on commenting and giving their opinion on the double murder.

As at least one commentator said ‘The vocal minority re-open the discussion into arming the police officers.’ [Unknown commentator, Sky News]. I was bordering on the side saying they should be armed, but looking at the bigger picture and the fact they only wore stab vests. This piece of equipment was good a few years ago when knife crime was rampant, but with the increase in gun crime it is no longer a good piece of equipment. Now officers should be equipped with ballistic armour not stab vests, another point which I think might be good is not to train them in how to use firearms, but how to react when one is pulled.

The news given yesterday spoke of no intelligence concerning the address where the two officers were sent, but today a window cleaner spoke of the owner dying and people being present inside. Alarm Bells people, I am not surprised though as the police today have a lot of paperwork which do take them from patrols, but do they not care about the area in which they work as knowing the people can be a good idea as intelligence gathering should happen everywhere. You never know when a person might let something slip in general conversation which might lead to an arrest of a criminal.

The person arrested, yes he might have been out on police bail but you hear about forces asking for more time to question an individual about crimes, etc. Police do have to go on the evidence discovered and if the answers to their questions do put I doubt on his involvement in their minds they have to release the person on police bail. At least with that they do have the ability, hopefully, to go back to the person to check his answers against the evidence. On the odd occasion the person does disappear and evidence found post the latest interview comes to light then you do get the situation like what was happening in Manchester, a man hunt. But if the area is under the pressure of a crime organisation then information is much harder to find out.

Exams Fiasco

With what has been reported in the papers about the fact over 140 schools have missed their minimum exam target might have to close or become Academies rings of outside interference. I think this is very true especially after reading about the situation and the fact the coalition wants to expand the scheme. The only reason for this is central government fund it with outside sponsorship from local companies, this can be good but in at least one article says they are also make profits, for whom.

I have big issues anyway with the education system in the UK, but their is nothing I can truly do to change the system. Back to the main reason for this entry. From the reports over the last couple of days it does look iffy as one of the main exam boards released correspondence with Ofqual which state they might need to think about shifting their exam grade boundries. Why was this correspondence sent, it can only be because someone from central government said something and this is a perfect way of forcing more schools to convert to Academies.

What is the point of this especially with the reports of the boundries moving, if that had not happened then the schools would have met their targets, which is another aspect which I think is wrong. Schools are as good as their teachers and students, good teaching and good students equals a good school, but if one aspect is bad then the school is bad. If the aim of this is to create more Academies, which will come to light in the coming year, it would be much better for the Central Government should just give the failing schools the money and send in an expert to help the school improve.

My business idea

My plans for my business idea is very simple and that initially I will free lance, but I do want to help the unemployed gain experience and maybe get a portfolio together, but I do not have the skills in the areas I will need and one of the most important aspects is writing a business plan. Some of the other area are getting contracts and selling the services of my company. I know those are important post the business plan but where can i get the help. All my ideas are in my head, but the problem is getting them down in the format of a business plan.

The graphic below is the first advert poster for Bournemouth Digital Production –

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Bournemouth Digital Productions also has a facebook page and twitter account

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Boscombe3dImagesAndAmination

Twitter – BournemouthDP

Some of my other ideas are based around the fact I am also a novelist and have a number of novels finished but not quite ready for publishing. The reason for this is the fact they have not have a final edit and this alone is what really gets me upset as I have a number of the first novel, The Making of Nibs-Volume 1 out in the hands of friends and they said that they will carry out the proof read and I have never gotten the novel back edited and ready for me to carry out the final edit before publishing.

That is a major aspect of my business, digital publishing. The other aspects are very much based in graphical design, event photography and video creation, the creation of 3d renders and animations and web design. I have a couple of ideas and plans for two animations, but they take time especially when you are the only person working on it. I wish I had a website and i would have, but because of problems with not receiving the ES50 questionnaire through the post, the DWP stopped my money and even now i have signed back on they have still not started to pay me. Before this happened I had over £400 in the bank waiting to be used in starting the key aspects of the business, namely getting me a website but now i have under £200, thanks to my friends for their help, but it is a sodding joke. My problems are seem to be a minor problem with the government and councils as they seem to give immigrants a council home just because they have claimed asylum and yet they come from an EU country. It is even more painful when you read they are here just so they can gain benefits and not work.

My animation ideas are scenes taken from two of my novels

The problem with Syria

The current big issue is what the hell are we going to do to help Syria. Assad and his government must go now with what the armed forces have been doing, that is not the question but how do we help the civilians that are dying by the hundreds a week.

With the rest of the Arab Spring governmental removing in most parts it has been done with out the one side fighting the other to the extent as is happening is Syria. The only country that actually had one side fighting the other on a relatively equal scales was Libra and the west made the fields level by sending our jets and special forces to help.

Syria on the other hand is a much more complicated issue as the UN Security Council is proving yet again they are a bunch of feck witts, with Russia and China blocking all attempts to stop the killing. The problems of the UN are not for this post as they will have their own piece written about them. The only reason the two are vetoing the sanctions are because they support Assad and yet with their support he is killing civilians and forcing people to flee and become refugees in other countries. It does sound from some of the reports that the army are carrying out a form of ethnic cleansing but until independent observers are on the ground it cannot be verified as the two sides pump out conflicting reports.

Turkey and to a lesser extent Iraq, I think, have been helping the rebels by supplying them arms and safe places to go to but at the same time, and I am not sure of this, Russia and possibly China have been supplying Assad.

I think the west should get involved, as NATO does have airbases in Turkey to the north, by placing a no-fly zone right over the entire country and basically say to China and Russia you are not helping the people so someone has to.

I will say more on this soon.