Oct 30th

BBC influencing elections

By Alan Wallace
Away from the canvassing, the shaking hands and the snogging of babies by wannabe politicians in Glasgow North East, there's an important battle going on that affects the basic democratic nature of this country. Last week, the BBC held a hustings on a radio show. A hustings is always understood to be an event where all the candidates have a chance to address an audience and answer questions. Well, the BBC version is different because the BBC pick & choose which candidates they will allow on the stand. Whereas the Electoral Commission treats every candidate equally, the BBC feel they are above such equanimity.

Back at the Euro Elections, the BBC made an important policy decision. They decided to award airtime to political parties on the basis of past electoral performance. Because of this, the BNP were given the same airtime as the Greens. UKIP were given the airtime befitting a party that did well at the Euros last time round, totally ignoring the fact that their vote had collapsed in the interim. We saw the result. UKIP went from around 6% in the polls to a resounding success at the ballot box and the BNP gained their first seats.

It's as if the BBC don't understand the effect of the media.

They meddled in politics again last week with a botched hatchet job at Question Time. Whilst I personally agree that the BNP had earned the right at the ballot box (with BBC assistance) to appear on QT, they hadn't earned the right to have the show turned into a soapbox for their policies. And the result? The BNP bounced to 22% in one opinion poll.

Back with the John Smeaton campaign in Glasgow, the BBC continue to play favourites. At their "hustings", they invited Labour, SNP, Conservative & Lib Dem candidates. When Jury Team questioned the omission of our candidate, we were told "Only the top parties were invited". By what measure do they arrive at "top"? John Smeaton has been a comfortable third in the polls since his hat was thrown in the ring. The BBC say they base such decisions on "Past Electoral Performance". Well, because this was the Speaker's seat and convention says honourable parties don't contest against the Speaker, it's 12 years since the Conservatives or the Lib Dems had a candidate here. And when they did contest it over a decade ago, they were utterly trounced.

If we were allocating airtime according to the last electoral test, the Euros, the BNP with the same number of MEPs as the SNP would have to be given equal airtime. Indeed, if only four candidates were to appear on the BBC on the basis of past performance, last week's Brian Taylor "Big" Debate would have featured Labour, Conservatives, Lib Dems and the Greens.

The truth is, all this chicanery shouldn't be happening. It isn't for the BBC to pick & choose who the public gets to hear, it's the Electoral Commission. Chatting with the Returning Officer, I remarked how his office were scrupulously fair in ensuring that every candidate gets exactly the same treatment. Be it an Independent or the ruling Party, every candidate is equal in the eyes of the law.

We've seen how the BBC can throw elections and lead the public by the nose. The BNP & UKIP owe much of their success to the BBC. This is something that Jury Team is arguing vehemently against with the BBC and it's an argument we will pursue doggedly for the sake of this country.

Jury Team is about better governance. We cannot hope to succeed whilst the State Broadcaster is allowed to meddle in politics and influence elections.
Oct 30th

John Smeaton v Ponsonby round 2

By Steve Lawrence

John Smeaton getting railroaded by Ponsonby of the Scottish sun.


When asked does he agree with the JT's policy of MP's pay being linked to civil servants pay and at what level he thought it should be set at.

I would have replied by pointing out that maybe the jury team holds that opinion but as the jury team isn’t a party and all its members are independent candidates it can it be a policy.

I as an independent candidate believe that an MP should be paid a set amount and possibly limited expenses the amount has to be set to a level that best enables an MP to do their job and represent his constituents to his full ability. I’ve ever been an MP so I don’t fully know the costs of doing the job, ie: travel allowances, rent for a flat in London should he live outside a set radius of parliament.


These are things that need to be discusses and addressed by all members. The Jury Team has been set up to facilitate getting more independents MP's into parliament and although the Jt is bankrolling my campaign, I won’t be towing the Jury Teams policies only those of my constituents and what is right for our country irrespective of which party suggests it.

Oct 22nd

The culture of greed and sleaze

By Dominic James
So let me get this straight:

Margaret Doran, who's the wife of the fifth highest claiming MP in the UK - Labour's Michael Connarty with £156,207 (not including travel costs) between 2007 and 2008 - is to be paid £278,000 for quitting her job as director of education and social work services!? And we're paying for it?

Is this a joke? She was only in the job for two years, how could she possibly be entitled to such a sum? Do you know how long it takes a teacher to earn that kind of money?

Again, call me cynical, but I can almost picture the happy couple sitting around laughing and plotting how best to exploit the tax-paying citizens.

Why aren't we up-in-arms?

And regarding the 'council spokeswoman' (wonder who that was) who said such payoffs were: "standard practice." Aye, we know! Therein lies the problem.

This sort of shit is wide-spread. There's far too much sleaze and corruption amongst the governing classes. It's time to clean up politics. A vote for the mainstream parties is a vote for the continuance of this culture of greed and sleaze.

Vote for John Smeaton in the upcoming Glasgow-East by-election. Support The Jury Team's principles of:

Politics without Parties, Politics with Principles and Politics for the People.

Oct 21st

New internet surveillance measures are a step too far

By Dominic James

Government plans to spend a breathtaking £200m annually on intrusive internet snooping - whilst deeply worrying – are hardly surprising given the ludicrous misallocation of funds across the political spectrum.

The money (which equates to roughly £380 per minute) is due to be paid to internet service providers and phone companies to facilitate more a comprehensive surveillance of citizens’ online activity.

While the sum itself is enough to raise eyebrows (and hackles) amongst the increasingly pissed-off electorate, the method behind the madness is all too familiar. If the governing political elite wish to preserve the status quo, spying on voters is vital to their endeavours.

Far from being just another example of nanny-state interventionism, this appears to be a genuinely sinister attempt to monitor and weed out voices of dissent, all under the risible pretence of keeping us safe from crime.  Let’s face it, if you ask anyone in the street to list their major safety concerns, internet phishing scams and the fiscal fortitude of benevolent Nigerian dignitaries fall pretty far down the list of priorities.

The travesty is particularly pertinent in the Glasgow North-East constituency, where in the run-up to the up-coming by-election, Jury Team candidate John Smeaton - himself no stranger to (real-world) threats facing the country - has again registered his support for the implementation of community courts, a move that would make a tangible difference to the lives of constituents by providing local sentencing reform, and one that was shamefully dismissed by the political classes on the grounds of - you guessed it! - cost. 

Considering the relatively paltry sum projected (reported to be less than £4m to build the community court and a further £4.2m during the first five years of operation) are we really to believe that the government has our best interests at heart?

Where is the outrage? Why aren’t we taking to the streets in protest? Why - in a week that saw the Twitter crowd lauded for their supposed championing of civil liberties – is there not parity of discontent amongst mainstream journalists regarding the upsurge in internet surveillance?

Would it be cynical to think that the lapdog press exists in a state of sad symbiosis with the purveyors of putrid party politics? One thing is certain, a vote for any of the mainstream parties in the Glasgow North-East by-election will ensure more of the same – cynical career politicians implementing sinister draconian measures under false pretences.

Oct 21st


By Dominic James

Overkill – Labour’s crazy knife-possession policy

Another Labour attempt to implement insane draconian legislation has suffered a setback after the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police described their policy on knife possession as being: “On the wrong tack completely.”

The proposed measures - unsurprisingly supported by the Conservative Party - were outlined this week by Labour‘s Glasgow North-East by-election candidate Willie Bain and involve mandatory four-year sentences for those caught in possession of a knife, a policy that could potentially criminalise innocent people and cripple the already-crowded Scottish prison system.

Strathclyde Police Chief Constable Stephen House criticised the policy, citing innocent citizens carrying a knife for a fishing expedition as an example of the potential victims of Labour’s intended legislation. The Jury Party’s Glasgow North-East by-election candidate John Smeaton also made clear his opposition to the plans, which represent the latest manifestation of Labour’s worrying ethos of nanny-state interventionism.

Labour bigwigs are again simply seeking to implement the kind of disproportionate, knee-jerk measures that have come to define their time in office, rather than tackling the underlying social and economic factors that contribute to knife crime.

Oct 16th

Film Dissertation | Film Studies Dissertation Ideas | Film Dissertations

By Rose Tyler
Suggestion from a Film Critic to Write an Authentic Film Dissertation

Film dissertation or a critique is not a hard job to do, but to create a dissertation on a classic film would be an interesting and a research based project as you have to go through all the history and the making of a movie, and in which circumstances it is planned, how many people were engaged and who are the directors, producers, actors because a classic dissertation on a film can not be created with out going in such details as the film is renowned among millions of people.

Film Studies Dissertation Ideas

The simple and a finest way to create and decide the film dissertation ideas you must first a classic movie, chose a topic by yourself and take a overview over it from your supervisor. Always keep in mind about the sources of data collection for your piece of research.

Important Tips for the Writing of a Films Dissertation

Providing History a Movie is Like Giving Strength to Dissertation

Always start your dissertation by describing the history of the movie and what the original thought was? Like if it’s related to 2nd world war than write an comparative synopsis from movie and the original happenings of the war which makes your film studies dissertation a classic one.

Character, Action, Drama, Stunts and Every Important Scene should be acknowledged

Each and every character, situation, stunt or an admirable scene can be reviewed and written in the films dissertation because it identifies the quality and classic nature and the beauty attached to it. This is making it a classic among thousand of other movies.

Events Related to Movie Making Must be Recognized in Detail

Dissertation on a film must posses detail regarding the events occurred during pre and post production of a movie such as like when and where was the movie made? How the audience did receive it in different parts of the world? In addition, what was the success ration globally?

Conclusively the Most Vital Thing to be Remembered

Never forget to write about the Message or Moral of the movie and the impact it imprints on the audience, the movies like Saving Private Ryan, The walk to remember, The God father, Constantine, Titanic all were the great movies and had left a huge impression. They evoked the drama, tragedy, fiction and emotion of their own kind, which cannot be created again.

All Rocky and Rambo installations were bounded by the message of “Never Say Die” motto.

And there are hundreds of such classical movies on diverse topics which can influence a writer’s entity, so have a go with any one and make your dissertation talk for your shear hard work.

For more queries about film dissertations please feel free to contact me on my email address.
Best of Luck…!
Oct 14th

John Smeaton

By Austin Compson-Bradford
Press release 
14 October 2009 

John Smeaton today confirmed that he remains an independent candidate for
the Glasgow North East by-election to be held on 12 November 2009 and
rubbished reports to the contrary.  

“I am committed to the people of Glasgow North East and to this election. 
I have not been well the past two weeks but I am on the mend and look
forward to getting out into the constituency and talking to people over the
next few days”, said John.  

Following medical advice from his consultant on Monday, it was suggested
that John take a few days rest after battling a chest infection for the
past ten days. 

John is now back on the campaign trail and will be out in the constituency
talking and listening to the people of Glasgow North East.  John’s campaign
is supported by the Jury Team. 


Contact for further information: 
Amy Fairbairn  
Email: press@juryteam.org
Mobile: 07955 910 995
Oct 14th

Daily Record

By Austin Compson-Bradford

The press can make a story out of nothing, amazing

Oct 14th

What can Jury Team do for you?

By Gillie Wallace
I have seen a number of e-mails flying around from people not knowing what Jury Team is doing, asking why Jury Team arent doing certain things or just being completely baffled about what Jury Team is.

Firstly, anyone who has picked up a newspaper or surfed the net at all would realise that Jury Team has been really busy of late.  The Glasgow North East by-election sees us with a real chance of having our first MP elected.

Anyone who understands what Jury Team is about would realise how important this is for everyone.  This isn't just about people in the  GNE constituency, this is the start of a historic change in government.  This is something that should be of prime importance to you.

I sent out a bulletin to all members of this site explaining that we needed your help to put our first MP into parliament and I am ashamed to say there has not been one single response.

Every one of you has a duty to step forward and do all you can to help in this campaign. I find it so frustrating to see people talk about what should be done and yet I see no-one doing anything.

Jury Team is a party only because legally, to give independent candidates the same chances as the parties, it has to be.  In reality it is a support network for independants. "Support Network" does not mean you put out your hand and are given, it means you all have to give, all have to support, all have to work in order to make this historic change in government happen.

Are you one of the people who think you might stand in the general election? Are you one of the people who are here because you believe that getting rid of the political elite and having the country run by real people who understand real life is a much better system than the one that is currently not working?...

...Or are you here to put out your hand and expect something for nothing?

Yes, Sir Paul Judge put his hand in his own pocket to see this movement get off the ground, now it's up to us to keep it going.

Post news of your fund raising events, brag about how much you are raising for Jury Team, get out there and make this happen.

Step up and do something that is for the good of this entire nation.

Ask not what Jury Team can do for you.... get the picture?