WORDPRESS : Happy Engineering ?

For the past week I have been trying to “recover” my account at maltbyblogger.com after being told by WordPress.com that it has been deactivated as the details I have tried to log in with do not match their records. To rectify this, I need to provide a transaction ID, the original activation link, or an email from the address with which the site was registered.

As I do not have access to this as I have changed my email address and was in fact attempting to inform WordPress.com of this, it seems that there is no way of proving my identity and the account can not be retrieved. I have had emails from 2 of WordPress’s “Happiness Engineers” to confirm that this is so. (I have, of course, responded to these “Engineers” and suggested that they are not fulfilling their job title/ description as happiness on my account has not been my experience of this situation. Frustration, confusion and disappointment maybe, but definately not happiness.

So, I am unable to verify my identity and can not recover the account which I have been posting on (and paying for) since 2012. However, I am actually typing this current post onto maltbyblogger.com at this moment and will, presumably, publish it in due course. The apparent paradox of this is that I am using a different device – my phone as opposed to laptop computer.

I do exist, I am who I say I am, I am the creator/owner of the blog in question and I don’t need to verify this by using an obsolete email address, despite WordPress.com not accepting this.

I would never claim to understand the ins and outs of internet workings nor the methods or algorithms used to achieve security and ID verification. I have an idea that this situation has happened because of something to do with my Google account, which is used on various devices of mine – but I wouldn’t swear to that.

It does seem to me though, that for all the ‘secure’ details and identity verification we involve ourselves with to be granted access to our own information, there’s always the risk that it can be compromised. User names, passwords and memorable information are all well and good … until we need to change them, or have them changed for us without our knowledge or consent.

The situation I’ve been describing is for a blog site on which I have, over the years, posted about various local events and political activities as well as personal ramblings which have engaged people in discussion of topical issues. Nothing vitally important in the big scheme of things, if it was lost forever in the ether of the worldwide web. But it has taken much time and research to publish posts and if it did become irretrievable, I would consider myself a bit cheated.

The indispensability of paper and pen or pencil once again confirmed to me.

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Sewage … and other scandals

This is Alexander Stafford @Alex_Stafford #MyMP for #RotherValley constituency. Tomorrow he has the opportunity to #Vote to stop the #SewageScandal I hope he #DoesTheRightThing for his constituents #Sewage #Tories #Sleaze #Corruption #HouseOfCommons #HouseOfLords https://t.co/fnwIWEvqWk

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The Write-Place or the Wrong Blog

As relevant today as 6 years ago.

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Yesterday I spent some time considering whether to amalgamate this blog, with wwwrite-place.blogspot.com  and call it The WritePlace Is Maltbyblogger or some such thing but having slept on it I’ve decided that it wouldn’t really work. 

Actually,  I have had it sort of decided for me by a reader, now probably ex-reader, of maltbyblogger who has castigated me for using it for a political agenda. Now, apart from me not having any political “agenda” – I can’t decide whether to sit down or stand up most days, never mind who to vote for  – I felt I had to refer him to the “About” page of the blog. Though I had almost forgotten myself, there it clearly states what my intentions were/are in making posts and the word “political” is mentioned. But so are the words “topical”, “information”, “discuss” and “news”.  I think I am within my “rights” as a blogger…

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Rother Valley – Conservative for first time in 101 years history

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Rother Valley Parliamentary constituency

CONSERVATIVE GAIN FROM LABOUR

Results

  1. Conservative
    Alexander Stafford
    • Votes:21,970
    • Vote share %:45.1
    • Vote share change:+4.8

  2. Labour
    Sophie Wilson
    • Votes:15,652
    • Vote share %:32.1
    • Vote share change:-16.0

  3. The Brexit Party
    Allen Cowles
    • Votes:6,264
    • Vote share %:12.9
    • Vote share change:+12.9

  4. Liberal Democrat
    Colin Taylor
    • Votes:2,553
    • Vote share %:5.2
    • Vote share change:+2.9

  5. Green
    Emily West
    • Votes:1,219
    • Vote share %:2.5
    • Vote share change:+0.7

  6. Independent
    Nigel Short
    • Votes:1,040
    • Vote share %:2.1
    • Vote share change:+2.1

Change compared with 2017

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Rother Valley – Conservative for first time in 101 years history

Rother Valley Parliamentary constituency

CONSERVATIVE GAIN FROM LABOUR

Results

  1. Conservative
    Alexander Stafford
    • Votes:21,970
    • Vote share %:45.1
    • Vote share change:+4.8

     

  2. Labour
    Sophie Wilson
    • Votes:15,652
    • Vote share %:32.1
    • Vote share change:-16.0

     

  3. The Brexit Party
    Allen Cowles
    • Votes:6,264
    • Vote share %:12.9
    • Vote share change:+12.9

     

  4. Liberal Democrat
    Colin Taylor
    • Votes:2,553
    • Vote share %:5.2
    • Vote share change:+2.9

     

  5. Green
    Emily West
    • Votes:1,219
    • Vote share %:2.5
    • Vote share change:+0.7

     

  6. Independent
    Nigel Short
    • Votes:1,040
    • Vote share %:2.1
    • Vote share change:+2.1

     

Change compared with 2017

 

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Labour Party Candidate, Sophie Wilson

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Labour Candidate for Rother Valley, Sophie Wilson

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Facts, Figures and Statistics – Rother Valley

GENERAL ELECTION 2019
Rother Valley
2019 CANDIDATES

Alexander Stafford, Conservative

Sophie Wilson, Labour

Colin Taylor, Liberal Democrat

Allen Cowles, Brexit Party

Emily West, Green

Nigel Short, Independent

FIGHTING TO WIN*

Labour currently hold the seat

Conservatives need a 3.9% swing to win

UK Independence Party need a 20.3% swing to win

* Calculations are based on results in the most recent election, so may not reflect the candidates standing in this election.
2017 RESULTS

Kevin Barron, Labour – 23,821

Bethan Eddy, Conservatives – 19,939

Lee Hunter, UK Independence Party – 3,704

Did not vote – 25,635

2017 TURNOUT

49,488 (65.9%)

PAST WINNERS

2017 – Kevin Barron, Labour

2015 – Kevin Barron, Labour

2010 – Kevin Barron, Labour

2005 – Kevin Barron, Labour

EU REFERENDUM
Leave
66.7%
Remain
33.3%
CONSTITUENCY POPULATION
96,352 (2017)
ELECTORATE
75,230 (2017)
Changes since 2017

Unemployment in Rother Valley stands at 5.2 per centslightly higher when compared to the average of 4.1 per cent across all constituencies in Britain in 2018/19.

The median weekly wage for full-time workers in Rother Valley is £558.63slightly lower than the average of £584.63 a week across the whole of Britain.

 

Immigration

In Rother Valley, 0.8 foreigners per 1,000 residents sought to get National Insurance numbers from the Department for Work and Pensions in 2018/19.

83.4 per cent of patients in the area are satisfied with their overall experience at the GP, about the same as the national average of 82.9 per cent.

Crime

There were 144,922 crimes recorded by the police in 2018/19. That compares to 121,495 in 2016/17. The 19.3 rise over the period is about the same as a 20.6% rise across Britain as a whole.

OVER 65 POPULATION
Under 65
78.5%
Over 65
21.5%
National Average
18.2% over 65
FULL TIME STUDENT POPULATION
Students
4.2%
Non students
95.8%
National Average
6.4% in full time education
RELIGION
1.2% – Muslim
0.1% – Hindu
69.2% – Christian
0.1% – Sikh
0.1% – Buddhist
0% – Jewish
22.5% – No Religion
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Why Bother to Use Your Vote: does it really matter ?

Came across this which is relevant to me and thought others might find it interesting.

The website this is from can be found at    Vote Or Vote None

” Not voting makes you silent and invisible.

So before you miss this chance to use your vote, think …

Who gains by me not voting?

The short answer is: they do, not you.  Here’s why.

Why use your vote

Voting in democracy is the way in which ordinary people have some small power over the corporations, the state, and those with wealth and power.

Voting is how we gained education, health, safer work and pensions.  We didn’t always have them.

If you don’t use your vote, our politics is weakened, and ordinary people are weakened.

With weak politics, the banks, corporations and those with wealth have all the power.  That’s where we’re heading now.

By not voting, you weaken ordinary people, and suggest we don’t even know or care.

We don’t have the power to change the world on our own.  We would all be dictators if we did.  We have to change it with other people.  Politics is the tool to do it.

Bad politics is not like a duff product, where you can just replace it.  With bad politics, the only solution is… more politics to fix it.

By not voting, you just allow more bad politics.

We improve things through elections and debate.  We make our elected representatives accountable for what they do – by voting them in and out.  It seems the best option there is.  It’s not working well now, so together we need to improve it.

What matters most to every politician is
(a) their job, and
(b) their credibility through evidence of public support.

That’s why your vote matters.

Your vote scares them.  So use it.

Either Vote to improve the quality of the MPs who get elected, or Vote NONE to create

visible evidence of the lack of support and the demand for better UK politics. ”

 

 

 

 

Vote or Vote None

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YouGov Poll – latest predictions for Rother Valley

Message from Rotherham Conservatives

@RotherhamTories

“YouGov’s MRP poll is saying that Rother Valley is likely Conservative, though nothing is certain yet.

This is the same as a few other MRP polls too. If you want Brexit to

happen, you must vote Conservative on 12th December.”

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