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Michael Beckett

Michael Beckett

Mike cares about making things better for everyone. Through activity, volunteering, campaigning, caring and working together lets build our Big Society locally!
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Re: Something you Should Now On Google+|KNTechShow - http://kntechshow.blogspot.com/2014...
"When you say "Something you should now on google+." are you being hip, cool and I am just out of touch as to what is "now" or do you perhaps mean "Something you should know on google+."?" - Michael Beckett
Re: This Drone Could Be the Ultimate Photographer’s Assistant - http://www.wired.com?p=1269341...
"Well this does seem to be a much more positive use of drone technology and I welcome such constructive innovation." - Michael Beckett
"Revolutions create instability and opportunistic foreign governments often seize on such opportunities to "help" forwarding their influence and agenda to the helped countries detriment. Peaceful campaigns apply a safer to civil society pressure which can prevent a vacuum occurring and facilitate a power transition in some cases. As ever circumstances alter cases and in foreign affairs no two places or times are the same.." - Michael Beckett
Re: Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees cite Hobby Lobby ruling in motion for communal prayers - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
"Slavery. I thought the US had abolished it? The men in #Guantanamo freedom and rights are gone = slaves #SAA1833" - Michael Beckett
Re: Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees cite Hobby Lobby ruling in motion for communal prayers - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
"Slavery. I thought the US had abolished it? The men in #Guantanamo freedom and rights are gone = slaves #SAA1833" - Michael Beckett
Re: Google+ after three years: Future of social network still unclear - http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_2600...
"Googleplus works ok for me ::Grin::" - Michael Beckett
Re: Google to Remove Author Images from Search Results - http://searchenginewatch.com/article...
"Less pretty pictures will mean somewhat less clicks but maybe that is what Google thinks the consumer prefer..." - Michael Beckett
Re: Blue Cross chief executive resigns after allegations about her private life - http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/Managem...
"You are right the loss of a life is more important. I was musing on the wider context. I think err towards a conclusion that caution and thought out changes implemented through gradualism might be the least worst way forward." - Michael Beckett
Re: Blue Cross chief executive resigns after allegations about her private life - http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/Managem...
"Speaking more generally than the above example, the divide between public and private life seems to be harder to define especially when professional and personal relationships mix, I think avoiding a degree of blur would often be counter productive. However I am unsure how often the Public Interest is served by undermining a leader in the media? I suspect that more often than not, the Public Interest and our Social Capital as a whole is devalued by the process regardless of the merit of any such criticism. Although the ability to speak truth to power needs to be enshrined and protected by law so often organisations need the ability to adapt. How often any such process may be used correctly or how the more grey realities of manipulated spin where blame is somewhat shared and it is about degrees of dysfunctional behaviour and too often poor interpersonal communication is manifest. At the same time guarding against the extremes when cynical abuse of the system occurs by those with more..." - Michael Beckett
Re: Exclusive: US blocks publication of Chilcot’s report on how Britain went to war with Iraq - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
"If Mr Blair broke the UK law then he needs to be seen to face UK justice, he cannot be above the law!" - Michael Beckett
Re: Boris Island London airport designs revealed - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
"Which end has the trunk and tusks?" - Michael Beckett
Re: Irrational service: Compulsory national service Bill to hit Parliament in 2014? - http://cms-ind.firstclarity.com/student...
"Earning citizenship through national service, someone took Starship Troopers literally... I guess Mr Hollobone thinks police have nothing better to do than check were not wearing a balaclava? Who made him the fashion police? Will they arrest everyone if we get a really cold winter..." - Michael Beckett
Re: Origami Crane Folding Instructions - http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami...
"My next mobile, wouldn't be a crane one either but it would have internet connectivity..." - Michael Beckett
Re: Thomas Cook boss Harriet Green got job by cold-calling chairman - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance...
"In short WTG Ms Green leading by example, taking charge by changing the rules of the game!" - Michael Beckett
Re: If Miliband is serious about tackling low pay, he needs to embrace the unions - http://www.newstatesman.com/politic...
"Ed is seriously interested in Power, less so in Unions and low pay..." - Michael Beckett
Re: ‘Zero-hours’ contracts for workers to be reviewed by Coalition - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
"I am glad Vince is tackling this, after a decade of Labour's prevailing attitude of ignoring employment issues not effecting their massive Trade Unions paymasters and the worry of backwards looking Tory ideology inhibiting organic grassroot business growth." - Michael Beckett
Re: It is time for Lord Ashcroft and the Tory party to part company - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news...
"I suppose Lord Ashcroft would be welcomed with open arms by UKIP and if Conservative Home backed UKIP David Cameron would be in more trouble as the knifes behind him would now be joining the enemy ranks infront of him. I guess Lord Ashcroft's preferred outcome is to play the part of Brutus as he has already invested so much in the Conservative party machine. I am left thinking he is throwing good money after bad but then again as a Liberal Democrat I much prefer the Torys with David Cameron than without him." - Michael Beckett
Re: Le Wizard d'Hollande: 'Euro crisis is over' - http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/news...
"I thought simple decreeing that the Economy was better, was something no longer done since the Soviet era Russia, with the possible exception of the 'green shoots' gaffe." - Michael Beckett
Re: Column: Why acquiring a skill is easy - http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/opinion...
"I must be a good enough 'management today' reader as I have clocked up well over 20 hours doing it!" - Michael Beckett
Re: Foreign Secretary William Hague: Law-abiding Britons have nothing to fear from GCHQ - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
"I find it hard to imagine a poor struggling vegan artist with a chip on his shoulder being able to take power of a Nation state too..." - Michael Beckett
Re: Foreign Secretary William Hague: Law-abiding Britons have nothing to fear from GCHQ - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
"I certainly fear Nigel Firage, 'Tommy Robinson' and Nick Griffin gaining power!" - Michael Beckett
Re: Foreign Secretary William Hague: Law-abiding Britons have nothing to fear from GCHQ - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
"So long as they vote the 'right' way?" - Michael Beckett
Re: Foreign Secretary William Hague: Law-abiding Britons have nothing to fear from GCHQ - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
"Just because our current Prime Minister isn't called Nigel Firage, 'Tommy Robinson' or Nick Griffin doesn't mean we shouldn't defend civil liberties, be vigilante in holding our government to account and complain when they get it wrong." - Michael Beckett
Re: America's Secret Fukushima Poisoning the Bread Basket of the World - http://truth-out.org/news...
"The hidden cost of Nuclear power, is the problem with externalities like radiation, those who benefit leave the full cost to others and their children, etc..." - Michael Beckett
Re: Charity tribunal unable to enforce its own ruling because of 'lacuna' - http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/Governa...
"Local Authorities are supposed to act as an example of upholding the law of the land, it is remarkable that they're failure to act to ensure the charity comply with the Charity Commission's directions. I am left to wonder whether it is the charity or the Council that holds the Charity Commission in more contempt? This is a Prima facie case of maladministration. I wonder if the Local Authority Monitoring Officer of Dartford Borough Council has failed to discharge the duty to advise Dartford Borough Council that failure of Kidd Legacy to comply with its regulators direction is for it to act Ultra Vires? Perhaps the advice has been received and the failure to promote and maintain high standards of conduct in the Council as per their constitution is the fault of elected members? Most worrying of all perhaps the administration of the Charity is held at arms length to allow wilful blindness and plausible deniability by the Local Authority and that those who administer the charity are just..." - Michael Beckett
Re: Breaking: Patrick Mercer resigns Conservative Party whip - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
"The main problem is the public are unable to hold MPs to account. They have a 5 year free ride and all parties can do is threaten to withdraw the whip, which I am led to believe by the Telegraph was scheduled to happen tonight in this case. Lobbying scandals were some years ago highlighted by David Cameron as the next scandal waiting to happen, when will the Coalition take action on Lobbying and also review MPs/Lords job security? At the moment MPs cant be recalled when they misbehave, in every other job disciplinary action is taken resulting in being fired if the consequences for investigations reveal gross misconduct occurred. Why are Lord Archer, Lord Hanningfield and Lord Taylor still allowed to continue to participate in government making laws despite incarceration for seriously breaking the law?" - Michael Beckett
Re: Why you haven't heard of the five most important (only) pro-European movements - http://www.newstatesman.com/politic...
"The EU is the least worst way forward, we do achieve on balance more positives than negatives. Walking away and leaving our Europe Union chair empty so that Germany and France can set the rules for Europe would never be in our national interest!" - Michael Beckett
Re: Google boss Eric Schmidt hits back at Ed Miliband and vows to invest in UK even if it has to pay more tax - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
"They are running Brighton but are infighting over decisions about equal pay..." - Michael Beckett
Re: How to start a family business - http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/feature...
"Keeping it in the family should means you know what you are going to get from those involved going into the venture..." - Michael Beckett
Re: Google boss Eric Schmidt hits back at Ed Miliband and vows to invest in UK even if it has to pay more tax - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
"Multi Millionaire Ed Miliband who has benefited from Inheritance Tax loopholes is therefore an expert on tax avoidance... So wait these tax problems Ed now identifies are the ones Labour ignored for 13 years in government. Why didn't they sort them out before is it because his government was asleep at the wheel last time round? Are these words seriously suppose to make us trust Labour again? With the fate of our country? they seem so empty, aspiration spin worthy of Blair but actually committing Ed to nothing!?!" - Michael Beckett
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