Derek Draper Launches Labourlist to match Conservativehome

11 01 2009

It the past Conservative blogger’s like Guido Fawkes and Conserviativehome have made all the running now Derek Draper has launched to provide a mode for left of center bloggers.

Derek Says:

Labourlists editor, Derek Draper, another former Mandelson aide, insists it will be fully independent of the party, pointing to voices like Ken Livingstone and his former chief of staff, Simon Fletcher, who are both signed up as contributors. “If Ken had a problem with the government I expect he’d post it. There’s no way I would say ‘you can’t post that’,” he told the Observer.

“What I would see as my job is making sure that the government had a response. If Frank Field wanted to write a blog criticising welfare reforms I’d snatch his hand off, but I would ring James Purnell and ask him to respond as well. “I am the last person who is going to not have violent disagreement on display.”

Its currently in soft launch mode it will be interesting to see how it goes.


25% of IT Workers Abused and Ready To Quit

9 01 2009

An interesting survey from a uk computer company (no relation) has done some reaserch that  suggested that as many as a quarter of all IT staff in small to medium businesses have suffered some sort of abuse and are looking for careers elsewhere [PDF].

They say:

“The study also found that over a third have suffered from sleepless nights or headaches as a result of IT problems at work, while 59 per cent spend between one and 10 hours a week working on IT systems outside normal hours.”

The story is also being covered by slashdot which is interesting though the results of the survay will not be news to Connect members.