Skip to main content

Computer Programming and Writs

During the recess I have an opportunity to deal with things that I don't have time for whilst the House is sitting. This includes going to meetings in the Constituency and visiting constituents to look at issues that I cannot see otherwise.

I am also spending time on upgrading my casework computer system. I run a form of CRM that I have written myself in Java running on the JDatastore SQL server. Over the past few weeks I have had a real struggle trying to get JSP pages to work on Tomcat 6.0. I have found some interesting errors in the way in which Eclipse (the programming environment) creates the server.xml configuration page. It creates it with an incompatible parameter in the CONTEXT section which has to have the source parameter removed, but at the same time then the directory it looks for is not webapps, the wtfwebapps hence the parameter needs to be changed
on the basis of ..\wftwebabbs\(application)

The system still fails to properly initialise jasper and cannot find javax.servlet and it associated classes although jsp-api.jar and server-api.jar are in the classpath.

In the mean time, however, I am managing to improve the speed at which the system works (problems with SetMaxRows for the afficianados).

This week I have also sent off an application to the European Court of Human Rights for Rachel Pullen. She is happy to have her application published so we will do this at some stage.

This is where X v Croatia comes in. In essence it makes pretty well every adoption where the Official Solicitor is brought in and prevents the mother opposing the adoption unlawful.

We are presenting this argument next week in the Court of Appeal and it will be interesting to find out whether or not they accept the views of the European Court of Human Rights.

Now the case is no longer subjudice it becomes possible to talk about it in parliamentary proceedings. What is important here is that there are hundreds of cases like this every year.

Today we are also issuing proceedings against Jack Straw and Michael Wills. The arguments are as follows Section 6 (1) of the 1998 Human Rights Act states that it is unlawful for a public authority to act in a way which is incompatible with a Convention right. Michael Wills MP and the Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw, acting as Ministers for Justice relating to the Crown Dependencies are such a public authority. In accordance with Articles 2 and 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights and declared by Section 1 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 the Ministers jointly and severally have a duty to act to maintain the rule of law in Crown Dependencies.

Comments

Jules said…
"The system still fails to properly initialise jasper and cannot find javax.servlet and it associated classes although jsp-api.jar and server-api.jar are in the classpath."

I had this problem once. Can't quite remember what the solution was, but it was caused by Tomcat using its own ClassLoader and ignoring the system classpath. You may need to make sure the jars are in a tomcat-specific librry directory.

Popular posts from this blog

Millionaires and politics

The Labour Party spent most of the last election criticising me for being a successful businessman (aka millionaire). That is business in the private sector employing over 250 people. It is worth looking at the situation for the Labour Candidate now:

For the year 2016-7 Annual Income from Parliament74,962Specifically for her book51,250Other media income etc5,322.82Total declared income131,534.82

Traditionally anyone with an annual income of over £100,000 has been considered to be a millionaire. I did not use my position in parliament to increase my income.


I have been asked for sources for this. This BBC piece looks at how one should define rich. It was written in 2011 so the figures will be slightly out of date. There are perhaps 2 relevant pieces:
"In 1880 a rich person would have had £100,000 in assets or an income of £10,000 a year, he says. About a hundred people a year died leaving £100,000 and by 1910 this was 250 - "a microscopic fraction of the number of death…

Gender Issues comparison of candidates

John Hemming believes that an MP should represent everyone in their constituency.  This should be regardless of their race, religion, gender, abledness, sexual orientation or anything else.  It should be everyone.

When he was an MP he worked on issues relating to men, those relating to women and those relating to non-binary people. Everyone.

For example here is John Hemming on a demonstration outside the courts with the campaign group Women Against Rape (it related to the case of a mother who had her child removed from her because the mother was raped).




Jess Phillips, who campaigns on women's issues, notwithstanding the questions asked about her appointments in her parliamentary office, had the following response when asked for a debate on issues specifically relating to men:

The Labour Candidate's Book Promotion Tour and Why It Matters

In the 2015 General Election the Labour Candidate criticised John Hemming for having an external interest and made a pledge that she would be a "Full Time MP for Yardley and my only other job will be mom & carer ...".  Here is a copy of that pledge:


Since that point she has been working on paid Television Programmes and has also written a book. John Hemming has made no secret of the fact that he chairs the board of the company he founded in 1983. This involves one meeting a month. When he was the MP for Yardley he was a full time MP and the Job of being MP for Yardley came first. The Labour candidate has reported 1,274 hours of work other than being an MP in the two years she has been elected and her income in the last year was over £131,000.

Ignoring the question as to how she reconciles that with her "pledge" the question is raised as to what extent her external activity conflicts with the role of Member of Parliament for Yardley. She is supposed to de…