Why I am standing in Tynant

November 29th, 2014 by

Hello, I am Dzôn. I am the Wales’s People’s Party’s candidate for Tynant. Wales’s People’s party is based around the philosophy of pluralism. Pluralism is an emerging way of doing politics where those elected work on the things they agree on. With the rise of UKIP, and maturing of the Lib Dems, the two party state switching between Labour and Conservative is no longer working – pluralism is how parties can put their differences aside and govern for the people who elected them – and importantly why the people elected them. I was the first ever elected Pluralist – while serving on Pontypridd Town Council between 2008 and 2012. I also served on Llantwit Fardre Community Council between 2003 and 2004 – joining when I was only 23 years old.

I am now 35, and have 4 degrees, which include courses in public sector economics, social policy, and information technology. My day job is being an IT executive, researcher and writer. I have over 70 academic research publications, have edited or co-edited 5 academic books, and hold patent – all under my professional name of Jonathan Bishop.

I have three fellowships – from BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Royal Anthropological Institute. This gives me an edge over other candidates. Indeed, if it were not for the human element of computing I would have less interest in it. My interest in people and my education means I can understand issues in an innovative way the other candidates who lack my knowledge and experience are unable to do.

Having served on two community councils previously I know it is important to work with other councillors and not against them – that is why I’m a Pluralist. I am also a Freeman of Llantrisant and director of a small firm in the USA. I have traced my family tree back to the 1700s in Llantrisant. I also help those who work for me, including volunteers, compete globally on the world stage.

 

2-year jail terms for trolls?: Jonathan Bishop BBC News Channel Interview

November 20th, 2014 by

My promises on policies, priorities and opinions

May 19th, 2013 by

My three promises to the people of the Rhondda Ward should I be elected are:

  • My policy is to get your policies across to the powers that be.
  • My priorities are to make your priorities the top of the council agenda.
  • My opinion is that all your opinions should be heard, however held and however spoken.

Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements

May 13th, 2012 by

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Recently there has been a growing wave of local initiatives in support of their public schools. Teachers and communities together have been playing an active role in the innovative efforts towards new educational methods aimed at helping schools. These grass root experiments, though very effective, tend to go unnoticed in the wide scheme of the educational system. However, if the most useful and meaningful of these initiatives could be fostered and developed, they may have the possibility of transforming it.

Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements aims to be a platform for the most significant educational achievements by teachers, school administrators, and local associations that have worked together in public institutions that range from primary school to the university level. This book aims to be useful for both scholars and the citizens that are involved in improving the educational system.

Citation

Pumilia-Gnarini, P.M., Favaronm, E., Pacetti, E., Bishop, J., Gurra, L. (2012). Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements. IGI Global.

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My belief and value system

February 26th, 2012 by

My values, which I have derived through an empirical factor-analysis, are what I use to guide my choice of beliefs at any point in time. These are-

  • Equality in Opportunity
  • Equality in Understanding
  • Equality in Relevance
  • Freedom of Aspiration
  • Freedom of Choice
  • Freedom of Expression

In interacting with the world, one’s values will guide the way one responds to the beliefs expressed by others and considered by oneself. If one tries to assert both one’s values and associated beliefs onto others I call this morality, which has no place in a democracy. If however one tries to convince others of one’s beliefs while respecting their own values then this is what democracies are all about.

Take a look at some of the competing belief systems I wrestle with in trying to find the perfect ‘truth’.  I hold sets of beliefs independently of one another, and they themselves are separate from ‘me’ which is more than the sum of these beliefs.

The Societal belief set

My societal belief set are those beliefs I have developed from reading literature or examining and taking part in the production of other media texts or discourse from which I have constructed a social reality. Societal in this context refers to the understanding necessary to construct an idea of the society one is in, which while different from others will allow for easier integration if possible to understand the ‘societies’ constructed by others. The following are types of Societal belief:

  • Theological beliefs. There are those things I think religious texts say, those things I think people of certain faiths believe, and there are those which I think support my values and should form part of my religious identity.
  • Ethnological beliefs. There are those that I think established media texts say, those that I think people of different protected characteristics generally hold, and there are those that I think reflect the way I see myself through my values and should therefore become part of my individual cultural identity.

The Experiential belief set

My experiential belief set are those beliefs I have developed through interacting with the world and the people in it, reflection on these, and verification of them with other sources such as research papers and philosophical books and texts. My experiential beliefs include:

  • Philosophical beliefs. There are those that I think established scientific texts and my own empirical and theoretical evidence says, those I think people of different scientific philosophies believe, and there are those which I think can help realise my values when used in a particular way.
  • Pluralistic beliefs. There are those that I think established political texts say, those I think people of different political positions believe, and there are those which I think support my values and form part of my constructed identity.
Environmental beliefs
My environmental belief set are those believes that I have developed through little choice of my own in the case of psychological beliefs, by simply existing, and those which are my responses to the environment in how I want to resolve any conflicts.
  • Psychological beliefs. There are those that I think my mind and body want be to believe, those that I think those in society would prefer me to believe, and there are those that I believe that support my values, which I need to train my mind and body to believe.
  • Evangelical beliefs. There are those things I belief are good for the wider environment, such as my local community, my friends and the nations we are part of. I will try to convince others of the merits of these beliefs even if they do not want to adopt them for their purposes – They should still accept my right to my ideals as I do theirs.

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)

November 1st, 2011 by

Citation

Bishop, J. (2010). Tough on data misuse, tough on the causes of data misuse: A review of New Labour’s approach to information security and regulating themisuse of digital information (1997–2010). International Review of Law, Computers and Technology 24 (3), pp. 299–308

Abstract
New Labour was a description of a particular approach to government of the British Labour Party, which was in power in the United Kingdom between 1997 and 2010.While this government initially envisaged an end to the social causes of misdemeanours, its actions led to a greater number of laws on the statute bookscreating thousands of statutory offences. A small number of these had direct effectson the number of computer related offences that were able to be prosecuted. This paper reviews these laws, and the role of legal systems in responding to theincreasing number of misdemeanours that are occurring in computer environments for which New Labour’s approach of creating more statutory offences has not addressed.

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The role of the prefrontal cortex in social orientation construction: A pilot study

September 10th, 2011 by

The role of the prefrontal cortex in social orientation construction: A pilot study

Jonathan Bishop

Abstract

The restoring and maximising of well-being in individuals disadvantaged or traumatised by physical, neurological, psychological or social causes therefore becomes a significant issue for all professionals whether in life, social or information sciences. This poster presents a review of the literature to establish a prima facie case for investigating the role of the prefrontal cortex in predetermining outcomes of the with medicalised social orientation impairments such as autism, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, ADHD, as well as problems relating to occupation health and substance misuse. The characteristics of the pre-frontal cortex are identified from a number of journals and then these terms cross references with those impairments. Anseries of equations are presented on how one might look at representing differences in the pre-frontal cortex by using a post-cognitivist psychology paradigm to represent the psycho-analytical concepts of ‘phantasies’ in a manner that allows for use in questionnaire, statistical analysis, and information system adaptation.

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The role of the prefrontal cortex in social orientation construction: A pilot study

Summary of Conclusions

  • It is emotional dysfunction in the brain that causes most people to be autistic and not them having ‘autism’
  • Someone becomes autistic through a sub-optimal prefrontal cortex which affects working memory, among other factors.
  • A prefrontal cortex can become sub-optimal through lack of brain function to handle social and emotional stressors, such as might be caused by brain injuries such as hippocampal sclerosis
  • It can also become sub-optimal through traumatic abuse, including allergic reactions to vaccines, sex abuse, traumatic birth.
  • Finally, a sub-optimal pre-frontal cortex can come about through genetic mutations in it.
  • The degree of impairment in the prefrontal cortex can be measured through simple alpha and beta brain imaging tools

References

Bishop, J. (2011). The role of the prefrontal cortex in social orientation construction: A pilot study. Poster presented to the British Psychological Society’s Sustainable Well-Being Conference. Glyndwr University, Wrexham, 10 September 2011. Available online at: http://www.jonathanbishop.com/Library/Documents/EN/docBPSSWPoster.pdf

Trolls alert too little, too late, Mr Bryant

December 22nd, 2015 by

I was disgusted to read the comments by Rhondda MP Chris Bryant criticising internet trolls for trolling him and other MPs (‘Don’t listen to Twitter trolls, says MP Bryant,’ December 11).

Where was Chris Bryant when RCT resident Georgia Davis was hospitalised for being the victim of trolls mocking her weight? Chris Bryant also only became interested in the phone-hacking scandal when he realised he was personally affected.

Chris Bryant said to me once that the reason he went into politics was to change the world. I am assuming that, like most politicians, he is at the centre of his own universe.

Adolph Hiter and Benjamin Netanyahu – Centuries apart?

November 4th, 2015 by

The Nazis wanted to exterminate all people who did not fit the Aryan profile, and many Germans allowed or supported the mass killing of Jews. The Zionists want to exterminate all people who do not fit the Jewish Semite profile, and many Israelis allow or support it. Why are Western Governments failing to see that Benjamin Netanyahu is the Adolph Hitler of today?

Sugar tax would not work supply-side, only demand-side

October 22nd, 2015 by

The idea that a supply-side sugar tax on sugary products like chocolate will disincentivise others and me from consuming them is nonsense.

There is already a tax on sugary products – the luxury rate of VAT.

What would work, however, is a variable corporation tax. I often go into Efail Isaf Stores to buy a 60p chocolate bar at the same time as a fizzy drink with zero grams of sugar and zero of all the other things “bad for us.”

The company that makes this drink should only have to pay 10% corporation tax because their drink is low in salt, sugar and fat and would be given a “green” traffic light.

Manufacturers making “amber” products should pay 20% and those making “red” traffic light goods that are high in salt, sugar and fat should pay 40%.

Sugary drinks and food are going up in price all the time, so a new supply-side sugar tax will have no effect. Using an escalating corporation tax linked to the amount of sugars in food will encourage manufacturers of “red” goods to produce more “amber” and “green” ones, without expecting consumers to consume less, which will not happen.

Rhydyfelin brothel shows problems not solutions

October 21st, 2015 by
As an anthropologist, I recently completed a survey of the sex industry in Cardiff, and found it saddening to read about the “brothel” in Rhydyfelin.
 
A “brothel” is a building where the person who owns it profits from prostitution, often as a “pimp” profiting from others. A “massage parlour” is a building where the people who rent it profit from their own prostitution, and there are many of these in Cardiff. 
 
When you visit these you are lucky if you don’t vomit with the stench and shabby conditions. The councils have few powers to protect the women, because they are not regulated. This is unlike “gentlemen clubs,” where women strip and dance in safety and comfort, as they are regulated as “sex entertainment establishments.”
 
I will be calling for the government to regulate “sex encounter establishments” where the women who take part in prostitution are protected, rather than being in the disgusting and disgraceful conditions I have seen them in.
 
It is no good PC Richard Williams and every other pseudo-feminist wanting the problem to go away, it will always exist. The only fair solution to those, often university students, who take part in prostition is to give them rights to practice in the safety that those in other parts of the sex industry have. 
 
I dare everyone who thinks prostitution should be banned, or only the customers prosecuted, to visit the places I did and then think about the women who would be forced to operate outside of the law.
 
The rights my grandfather and every other miner in the Valleys fought so hard for that everyone else now takes for granted should be available to all, including those in the sex industry.

 

Draft Wales Bill seeks Welsh principality status restoration

October 20th, 2015 by

My first reading of the Draft Wales Bill is that it is very un-British and very anti-Welsh.

Section 1 of the Act, usually reserved for compromises, says that the “Assembly for Wales” is to be a permanent fixture for the United Kingdom, and the rest follows from this.

Being a published researcher on British constitutional reform, I find it very unhealthy that a UK Government can expect both Houses of Parliament to make such a far reaching commitment without an equivalent manifesto commitment.

The United Kingdom has no written constitution. This would probably be the first attempt to change that, by saying one part of it at least is fixed.

Why should Wales be fixed to an “Assembly”? What if each of the four constituents of the UK wanted its own Parliament and to abolish Westminster?

This Bill sounds to me like the UK Government wants to return Wales to a principality under its thumb, rather than for it become an equal member of these British Isles.

Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK – human rights

October 20th, 2015 by

Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has arrived in the UK for talks with David Cameron. Human rights is bound to be discussed.

Attacks on press freedoms, supporting overseas wars, inciting the deaths of his own citizens are among some of the issues – and that is just David Cameron!

No-fly-zone guarded refugee camps right option

October 19th, 2015 by

It is my view that the UK Government’s policy on creating refugee camps in Syria is the right one, even if it is being done for political and not ethical reasons.

Working with the UN to create safe and well supplied refugee camps, protected with RAF and Royal Navy no-fly zones, will do a lot more to help refugees than encouraging them to take risky journeys to Europe.

The picture the media showed of just one Syrian boy is eclipsed by the 100s that die on the way to Europe each day. Once this image ceases to have effect, the xenophobia that arose from the first Tory government’s cuts to welfare will be eclipsed by those refugees receiving aid from the UK government that its own home-born citizens are being denied even more so following the election.

I prefer to call Europe’s problem the “migration crisis” rather than the “refugee” or “migrant” crisis. It is the war in Syria that is causing the need for migration, not the people who are the victims of that war. If there were safe refugee camps in Syria, which parents would seriously risk their children’s lives to cross into Europe?

1930s cuts agenda of Tories is niave

October 12th, 2015 by

When the Conservatives came to government in 2010, I smiled at their niavity thinking their 1930s cuts agenda would work today.

At the time the reality for me was climate change. I knew that cutting public spending wouldn’t work, because there would be greater demand for overseas aid. This has been proved right over and over since 2010.

Now we have the migration crisis, demand for welfare by refugees will increase, at the same time as the many homeless people in the country, and indeed the working poor, need the same assistance.

This is what happens when poor-hating aristocrats who feast with their inheritance come to power. Why do they attack the poor for living off the welfare state, when they are lazy vitriolics living of their ancestor’s estate?

Corbyn’s Labour Party still only cares about The Labour Party

October 1st, 2015 by

Jeremy Corbyn said that with Tom Watson at this side he will transform the Labour Party to engage more with social media.

That is the same Tom Watson I was a runner up to in the 2004 New Statesman New Media Awards when I was a community councillor. And that is the same Labour Party that wouldn’t shortly after would not add me to its panel of candidates to be an MP because they did not value my expertise in social media, which few others had at the time.

Having previously been a Labour Party member of 14 years standing I have heard meeting after meeting people saying that the reason they agree or disagree with a policy depends on whether it helps the Labour Party. I am convinced that the only reason one does not have to live in the locality to stand for an Assembly regional seat was so Alun Michael could be parachuted into Mid & West Wales. In all other elections one needs links with the locality.

Labour, and indeed most other parties, engage with technology only to “get their message across” to the people. In a representative democracy they should be there to get across not the message, but the message of the people who elect them.

If Judge Seys Llewellyn were in my house

August 8th, 2015 by
Judge Seys Llewellyn

Judge Seys Llewellyn. Courtesy: Aberystwyth University.

I just opened a bottle of cold water from the fridge, but wasn’t sure whether it was one I refilled or not.

Reflecting on my experience with the judiciary, especially Deputy High Court Judge Seys Llewellyn, this is what a judge like him would have said:

“The nub of the case is that a man has opened a bottle, and the dispute is whether or not the bottle was already unsealed and refilled. I agree with everything that was said by Judge Doel in the Pontypridd County Court, but shall now try to make it look like I’m being impartial…

“It is quite clear that the only reason this man is relying on Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights is to give himself the opportunity to remain drinking his water. Despite the fact his friends tells me he drinks water often, this is clearly his way of justifying having access to ice-cold water, rather than running it into a glass using a tap…

“Article 1 of Protocol 1 was never intended to allow people to peacefully enjoy the possession of a plastic bottles in order to drink ice-cold water, and it is an abuse of process to claim it is…

“If one were to apply the case of Ducks Back v The Bridge, it can be seen that there are two permissible ways to possess water. The first is “off” and the second is “under.” As this man turned the cap of a bottle, it is quite clear that “off” applies here, as he took the cap off…

“However, it is not necessary to have a chilled plastic bottle in order to possess water in an “off” context. For instance, it is quite possible for a tap to be turned on and off, and for that tap to be used to fill a glass…

“So at the end of the day Judge Doel of Pontypridd County Court is right. And I am not giving this man any opportunity to appeal this, because Judge Doel’s word is gospel. I know this because I share a drink with him at the Cardiff Law Society meetings and he is a good guy.”