Strong feelings about our membership of the European Union have split our country down the middle.
I have always made it clear that I think leaving the EU is a bad idea and have voted in the House of Commons in accordance with that belief.
We had a referendum in 2016 and the result of that was a majority voted to leave nationally.
In our democracy we think that the will of the majority should prevail. That is straightforward and usually the minority who lose accept that.
But what happens when the issue is so important to the minority that they don’t accept the result? That is the situation we are facing now with years of division and recrimination whatever the outcome of the Prime Minister’s decisions.
If we are to keep our once much envied democracy then we have to find a better way of resolving divisive issues rather than a harsh ‘winner-takes-all’ system.
In the 21st century, a good IT system is essential for every police force to record and share information and intelligence.
On the 9th July Greater Manchester Police launched their new IT system called iOPS, 19 months late, it has taken nearly 5 years to design by Capita. It has cost millions of pounds.
The new system which GMP is the first police force to use is a month later still posing problems for officers.
I visited Tithe Barn Primary the other week where the children are learning to use Google Cloud as a resource.
Year 6 Digital Leaders gave me a very impressive presentation and I was particularly struck by some of their comments. They said
‘We have access to a green paperless homework system called Google Classroom and we can access all our work from home’