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Have They Thought This Through?

October 14, 2014 11 Comments
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Being Greens, the answer is almost certainly ‘Not really’… Coun Duncan, pictured right, has been stripped of his two deputy chairman roles in licensing committees and is set to be formally censured at the next full council meeting on Thursday, October 23. Coun Duncan was brought before the standards hearing over two tweets he posted in June. He described British soldiers as ‘hired killers’ after they marched on Armed Forces…

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Oh, Dear, Facts Are Kryponite To Islam Panderers, It Seems…

August 23, 2014 2 Comments
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An increasing number of Muslim NGOs are likely to suffer the same fate as three groups that were told their bank accounts are to close because they are too risky, a finance and security expert has warned. Because rampant Islamophobia, right..? “The result of these decisions [by HSBC] might look like Islamophobia but I am certain no UK bank is actively going to close out Islamic charities. They made decisions…

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And Just So You Can Be Sure To Be Offended…

May 4, 2014 1 Comment
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…we’ll reprint every one! News Shopper readers have reacted after a series of offensive tweets and social media comments followed the death of a woman hit by a train in Petts Wood yesterday. She wasn’t ‘hit by a train’ in some accident – that would be a genuine tragedy that few would fail to sympathise with – she committed suicide in the most grotesquely public way possible, short of self-immolation.…

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To Be Sure, ‘tis A Rare Old Ding-Dong…

April 16, 2014 6 Comments
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Popcorn and a pint of Guinness please! The Equality Authority and travellers group Pavee Point have both called for the article to be withdrawn. However journalist Brenda Power this afternoon defended the article on RTE’s Liveline, condemning the Equality Authority for attempting to ‘shut down debate’. This’ll be good! Martin Collins of Pavee Point defended the group’s criticism of the column. “The article is full of generalisations, assumptions and stereotypes.…

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Hey, ‘Distressing’ Is The New Magic Word..

June 1, 2013 8 Comments
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Ben Gerrard’s condition forces him to make sudden involuntary movements and to blurt out words without warning. He has Tourettes. But after suffering a bout of tics in Aird and Co tool shop in Bond Street, Brighton, on Wednesday afternoon, the 40- year-old was ordered to leave by owner Bob Carey. Oh noes! Disability unkindness! Next stop, the Outrage! Bus… Furious Mr Gerrard said he was “utterly appalled” by the…

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‘Blue On Blue’ Is Great Fun, Yes…

February 8, 2013 5 Comments
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…until you realise you’re the one getting stuck with the bill: A 14-year race discrimination court battle has cost the taxpayer almost a million pounds. Equality campaigner Natasha Sivanandan won £420,000 in compensation after a council-funded anti-racism group turned her down for a job. A job..? In what department, I wonder? The row began in June 1999 when 58-year-old Ms Sivanandan, from Wood Green, north London, applied for a job as a…

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What Is ‘Reasonable Access’?

August 10, 2012 4 Comments
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For Kirsty Ann Hughes, it’s taking no personal responsibility to check things out and expecting everyone to warn her of potential issues up front, without, of course, embarrassing or upsetting her: Kirsty-Ann Hughes, 20, suffers from a condition called hypermobility, which makes her joints dislocate under pressure. She cannot walk very far and struggles with steps, which can make her hip joints click out of place. She and her family…

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#firstworldproblems

April 12, 2012 1 Comment
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A Twitter meme perfectly captured here: It’s not that I don’t welcome the success of a homegrown business – I do – but it’s more about what Pret a Manger represents. And to my mind, what it represents is a relentless onward march towards homogenisation of taste in a world where the little people in maroon aprons will not rest until they’ve focus-grouped our tastebuds to within an inch of their lives.…

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‘Horrified’, Yes, Maybe…

April 5, 2012 6 Comments
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…but not surprised: A local newspaper is being investigated by police for allegedly ‘inciting racial hatred’ over a billboard headline about a proposed gypsy camp. *sigh* Here we go again… Officers have handed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) about the Western Mercury’s billboard poster – reading ‘Gypsies could be on your doorstep’ – which had been placed outside newsagents across its circulation area. And who objected? Well,…

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I Thought ‘Music Hath Charms To Soothe The Savage Breast’..?

March 17, 2012 Comments Off
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A nightclub is considering taking legal action against a DJ who claims he was sacked because there were “too many black people” at his performances. The nightclub in question? It’s in Croydon. Yes. I know… Tiger Tiger said it axed the DJ after he repeatedly ignored warnings to “tone down” the music he was playing. The company categorically denies his allegations and is considering taking legal action. And what exactly…

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Free speech and the fabulously wealthy and famous

March 15, 2012 11 Comments
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It’s that time of year again. No, not Mother’s Day (or it it Mothers’ Day, I’ve never been sure if it was for mothers in general or just one), which down here is in actually in the middle of May anyway. No, I’m talking about the beginning of the Formula One season, which means over the past several weeks Melbourne’s Albert Park has gradually been closed to local residents, the…

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Sorting Out The Sheep From The Goats From The Pi… Wait. What?

February 10, 2012 5 Comments
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Racists were blamed for hanging an animal skin outside a derelict pub… RACISTS!!!! OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!! *runs around panicking* … but it was there in the name of art. Oh. Phew! But why was this ever a… Ah: Police were called to the Nelson hotel, in North Road, Westcliff, to investigate as the defunct pub is just yards away from a mosque. Riiiiiight. I bet they arrived lickedy-split, too. Tough luck, anyone…

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2012 sees fiercest ever competition to be offended by Jeremy Clarkson

February 10, 2012 3 Comments
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The annual competition to be outraged by something that Jeremy Clarkson said is shaping up to be hotter than ever this year, according to both organisers and participants. First out of the blocks has been the Society for People with Lumpy Faces, whose complaint to Ofcom regarding Clarkson’s comment that a car with a bulge on the back looked like John Merrick and would be ignored by other cars at…

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Are You A ‘Person Of Reasonable Firmness’..?

January 5, 2012 17 Comments
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Test your response here: Hawkins Bazaar and Keston Gifts, both in Ely Court, have been accused of failing to protect children from the X-rated stock, which includes rudely-shaped toys and novelty sex gifts. If you said ‘Yeah? So?’, then congratz! You are indeed reasonably firm! On the other hand… Parents and clergymenhave condemned the shops.The Reverend Giles Walter, from St John’s Church in the town, said: “There will always be…

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A Bad Taste In The Mouth…

January 1, 2012 19 Comments
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…that’s what I have this morning. And no, it’s not through overindulging last night, either. It’s from reading the ‘Guardian’: “It is unacceptable to us,” said Rakesh Sonawane, Bidve’s brother-in-law. “They say the investigation is still pending, the charge sheet has not been filed and a second postmortem is still pending. The holidays are taking their toll. If there were more people working, we would not have to wait so…

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