Hello World!

August 8th, 2016 by

Welcome to the Official Website of Councillor Jonathan Bishop.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is an information technology executive, researcher and writer. He founded the Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems in 2005, now part of the Crocels Community Media Group. Jonathan’s research and development work generally falls within human-computer interaction. He has over 75 publications in this area, including on Internet trolling, cyber-stalking, gamification, cyberlaw, multimedia forensics, Classroom 2.0 and Digital Teens. In addition to his BSc(Hons) in Multimedia Studies and various postgraduate degrees, including in law, economics and computing, Jonathan serves in local government as a councillor, and has been a school governor and contested numerous elections, including to the UK Parliament and Welsh Assembly. He is a fellow of BCS, CILIP, the InstAM, the RAI, the RSS and the RSA, senior member of IEEE and a member of the IMarEST with MarTech. Jonathan has won prizes for his literary skills and been a finalist in national and local competitions for his environmental, community and equality work, which often form part of action research studies. In his spare time Jonathan enjoys listening to music, swimming and chess.

Choosing between policies and values

May 4th, 2016 by

A voter emailed me to ask my policies, so I pointed them to my manifesto here.

I’ve always found this country’s fascination with policies unusual. In my view, when voting for someone you should be voting on whether they share your values. Under the law in the UK, manifesto commitments carry no legitimate expectations, so policies count for nothing.
In 2010/15 people should have be asking themselves whether to vote Tory, because the Tory values are around cutting public spending because they believe public spending is a bad thing. They are now reducing trade union rights, so people should have known that Tories are against trade unions.
So in deciding how to vote, I think people should vote for me because those who know me know I am a good person who is principled and does the right thing.
If I were elected my policies would only count for something if I could convince the other parties to back them. But whichever votes came up, I’d hope those who know me would think I’d take the progressive line that they would want their elected representatives to take.

Election broadcast for Welsh Assembly Election

May 2nd, 2016 by

BBC Newsnight treatment of Ghanda Karmi was disgusting

April 29th, 2016 by

I was disgusted with the way the interviewer on Newsnight was interviewing Ghanda Karmi in such as confrontational manner. The interviewer should have shown respect and been grateful that Ghanda Karmi was willing to go on the programme, as they should any serious academic. I was absolutely disgusted with the way the interviewer acted towards Ghanda Karmi.

Ghanda Karmi was trying to explain that Naz Shah did not say Israel should be moved to the US or that it should cease to exist she was trying to explain that because US foreign policy has been so supportive of Israel many hold the emotional view “If the US loves Israel so much why don’t they move Israel to the US.”

Ghanda Karmi was not given the chance to explain that the charge of “anti-Semitic” is used to silence Israel’s critics, as the former Israeli Minister Shulamit Aloni said, as she was cut off by the interviewer who seemed more interested in defaming her.


The BBC should not have academics on its programmes to try to misrepresent what they are saying to try to fit the programme’s agenda when the whole point of them is to try to make the debate more reasoned and less emotive. Ghanda Karmi was not saying that the State of Israel should not exist, she was trying to explain that the way Israel is treating the Palestinians makes people emotive in a way that could be interpreted as anti-Semitism.

The interviewer should have been bowing down to Ghanda Karmi for being willing to go on the programme in the current climate and not try to misrepresent her as an extremist.

Free speech during the Welsh Assembly elections 2016

April 28th, 2016 by

This election has seen something of an assault on free speech. First Arfon Jones was criticised for mocking the way the UK Government is taking national security, and then Carwyn Jones criticised Ken Livingstone when he tried to explain that the Nazi regime had the same intentions as those who wanted to establish a Jewish-only state within the Holy Land which all Jews would be entitled to be part of. Indeed, in the 1930s many MPs worried about the welfare of Jews in Europe saw this as an option to secure their safety.

John Mann’s criticisms of Ken Livingstone shows what an idiot he is. Ken Livingstone did not say he supported the Nazis, he was trying to explain in an educated fashion how animosity towards Jews in the 1930s and 1940s resulted in beyond words genocide of Jews we now call The Holocaust.

Those like Carwyn Jones and John Mann who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. We are in the middle of World War III. ISIS have replaced the Nazis, the West are as against Muslim refugees now as they were Jewish refugees in World War II, and there are pockets of other wars involving Russia and the US as much now as in the Second World War.

The Welsh Assembly should support a new UN resolution on racism

April 28th, 2016 by

Anti-Semitism became an issue during the election, so it is best I state my views on it. Instead of criticising Ken Livingstone’s use of the term “Zionism”, Carwyn Jones should be calling for all parliaments and assemblies in the UK to support a new UN resolution that opposes all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism. Racism is not an issue isolated to any one political party or country. It is a worldwide problem and so it is the UN that is the proper forum for worldwide action.

BBC is treating OMRLP disgracefully

April 22nd, 2016 by
Whilst I am an Independent candidate in the Welsh Assembly elections, I have no complaint that I am not getting any coverage from the BBC – my eminence comes from my professional and not my political life.
I am however disgusted the way you are treating my best friend who is standing against me – that is Mark Beech.
Mark Beech is a member of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and has worked exceptionally hard to get five candidates in each region in Wales, securing a party political broadcast.
His party – in Wales – therefore has the same status as the Green Party. However, the BBC has be showering the Green Party in Wales with TV and online news coverage, yet have given no airtime or column inches to his.
I find it totally immoral that a public service broadcaster is not treating of the main parties equally when it comes to news coverage. The Green Party should not be treated as a major party as it only has one election broadcast, whereas all the major parties have two.
I personally expect no news coverage from the BBC, despite being more experienced and qualified than most of those standing against me. But I strongly object to the way my best friend and his party are being treated by the BBC when in terms of Wales the Green Party are no more significant a main party than he is.

Responses to questions from a voter on health and education

April 19th, 2016 by

I was asked the following question:

Speaking purely as a private individual deciding how to vote, could I ask where you stand/would vote/would have voted on the following issues ?

  1. the privatisation/outsourcing of public services
  2. parents smacking children (ban or not)
  3. organ donation opt-out in Wales (previously being opt-in)
  4. provision and nature of sex/relationship education in primary schools

My answers are as follows:

the privatisation/outsourcing of public services

Privatization of healthcare makes no sense. There is not enough money to pay for every health condition that needs treating, therefore there is not enough to make a profit from. A private hospital is no better than a public one if people are forced to use it based on where they live. Non-medical services, like building and maintenance can be done more efficiently by private firms. It is my view that the health service in Wales needs to be split in two. All the managers and admin staff should be part of the Welsh Government’s health department, meaning only the frontline staff like doctors and nurses operate under the NHS banner. It is the frontline staff that should have the pride of working for the NHS, the managers would not be needed in an ideal world.

parents smacking children (ban or not)

I work in neuro-science. Smacking causes what I call “phantasies” that are created as a result of “bleasures.” This can impair the emotion functioning of a person meaning they are more likely to go on to commit crime, develop depression, and other social ills. If a parent feels the need to smack then maybe they need to evaluate whether their communication skills need honing a bit.

organ donation opt-out in Wales (previously being opt-in)

I see the organ donation laws in Wales as body part snatching. Most people in Wales do not even know who the First Minister of Wales is. Therefore they are unlikely to know of the so-called “soft” opt-in laws. The right to choose is right, but where no choice is recorded it should not be assumed the person has consented.

provision and nature of sex/relationship education in primary schools

I think sex education needs to be age specific. It should recognise that children at primary school are likely to rebel against any morals they are taught when they reach secondary school. Therefore sex education at primary level needs to focus on things that have the “urgh” factor, like STDs. Education makes people evangelical – they want to try out what they have learned. If people are taught about sex and relationships at an impressionable age they might want to make use of that knowledge resulting in actions that could lead to them founding a family. Therefore sex education needs to be approached from a socio-economic angle in terms of the consequences of founding a family, such as the way having children creates an opportunity cost in that people have less time with friends and less time to do other things they might want to do. It also means that the little money they have will likely have to be directed at raising their child. If one has sex one has a high chance of conceiving a child, even with contraception, carrying all the costs associated with it – that should be the basic message.

Equal access to higher education for people with disabilities

April 18th, 2016 by

The Welsh Assembly is now in charge of most of the laws affecting universities and schools in Wales. With disability access to universities an incomplete process it is important to vote for the person or party that a person thinks will most act to require educational institutions to make increased access for students with disabilities a priority.

Fair access to justice in higher education

April 17th, 2016 by

It is impossible for university students to get justice when they face the wrath of professionally engaged solicitors firms with money that has come from their fees and the taxpayer. It is my view that the Welsh Assembly need to introduce an education court to hear student complaints, where students have access to legal representation so they can have a fair hearing.