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Never Satisfied…

April 18, 2014 12 Comments
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I guess that’s why we call people like Frances O’Grady ‘progressives’ – it certainly isn’t their results! Employers told us it would cost two million jobs; rightwing politicians saw it as interference in the market; and even some trade unions thought the state should keep out of wage regulation. Not so long ago, the minimum wage was a minority cause. Fifteen years on from its introduction, politicians now compete for…

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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 The Equality Authority and travellers group Pavee Point have both called for the article to be withdrawn.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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Hitting The Ground Running On The Most Important Things…

February 18, 2014 Comments Off
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…that’s the newly-formed National Crime Agency: The National Crime Agency has issued a warning … About terrorism? Drugs? Fraud? … to users of “hook-up” apps like Grindr that they must take responsibility for checking the people they meet are above the age of consent. Oh. Right. Ummm…. …while the NSPCC said that it did not collect specific figures relating to such apps, it has seen a noticeable rise in calls…

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Are All ‘Controversial Issues’ To Be Welcomed, Then?

September 21, 2013 6 Comments
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An education that feeds students unquestioning patriotism – or, for that matter, unquestioning anything – and squelches any initiative they may take to explore controversial issues is not likely to produce free-thinking, independent-minded citizens. Bold words, Svetlana! Bold words indeed. Say, how do you suppose students would be treated should they decide to challenge the left-wing and ‘right on’ views of their teachers? No, no, no need to bother to…

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More Demands From The Usual Suspects…

July 30, 2013 3 Comments
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Disney’s summer blockbuster The Lone Ranger has faced criticism for… Nonsensical plot? Embarrassingly bad performances? Losing money hand over fist? … its portrayal of Butch Cavendish, the film’s villain, with a prosthetic cleft lip. Errr…. Although there have been many portrayals of the character on screen, Disney is the first studio to present him as facially disfigured. Disney describes the character, who is played by William Fichtner, as “a ruthless…

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Good Luck With That Campaign!

April 4, 2013 8 Comments
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Cuts to legal aid are forcing the closure of almost a third of Shelter’s housing advice centres and compelling the Red Cross to abandon its assistance for family reunions, the organisations claim. Family reunions? Why the fiends! Wait. What sort of ‘family’ are we talking about here? The British Red Cross says the cuts will force it to withdraw expert help to those trying to bring their children into the United…

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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes…

January 25, 2013 7 Comments
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When the kids have rumbled the flaw in your grand plan, you know you’ve lost… Pupil Jake Phillips, 15, said that “speakeasies” are starting up selling the prohibited drinks. “There is business potential now there’s a gap in the market,” he said.“Gangsters sold alcohol in America when that was banned. Prohibition always leads to supply and demand. That means anyone who sneaks it in can make a lot of money.”…

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Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Social Workers?

January 13, 2013 14 Comments
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Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Social Workers?

Screaming headline in the ‘Indy’: Oh noes! Disaster! Oh, the terrible Tory cuts! Anthony Douglas, chief executive of Cafcass, which safeguards the welfare of children involved in family court proceedings, said he expected to see a leap in child neglect cases as thousands of struggling families were pushed over the financial edge in the coming months. Really, Anthony? You really think so? Because I’m sceptical, to say the least: Riley…

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You Can’t Stand In The Way Of Progress, Man!

December 6, 2012 7 Comments
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Theo Hobson takes issue with Roger Scruton’s religion: Is Roger Scruton a Christian? Based on his new book, Our Church: a Personal History of the Church of England, I am inclined to doubt it. Errr, why..? Has the publisher printed an upside-down cross on the front, or something? He says that he is, and he goes to church – he even plays the organ there. His Tory traditionalist form of…

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Another ‘Open Borders’ Attempt – For The Chiiiillldreeeeeennnn!

October 8, 2012 6 Comments
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Children seeking asylum in the UK alone are confronted with a “culture of disbelief and suspicion”… As are adults seeking asylum. And isn’t that the correct thing to do? Should we not check their stories? … which leaves them frightened and confused, a report has claimed. Ah. Right. But they are fleeing persecution and in fear of their very lives, so surely they are ahead of the game by just…

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Life With The ‘Reality Based Community’…

September 3, 2012 9 Comments
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Life With The ‘Reality Based Community’…

…it’s a never-ending battle between them and the forces of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy™ . Now, on Saturday, I was idly browsing Twitter, when Ally Fogg (a CiF columnist, but a reasonably sensible one, mostly) tweeted a worrying report from Brighton’s Pride march that kettling was going on. So, I took a look: Hmmm, what was going on? Why would the cops – who were desperate to facilitate the…

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All Your Body Are Belong To Us!

August 12, 2012 11 Comments
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Families are unfairly blocking organ donation from dead relatives who wanted to make the gift of life, claims a leading expert in ethics. Why do I always see that phrase, ‘leading expert in ethics’ and know I’m going to see something that makes me wonder if it’s even human? At least one in 10 people who decided in advance to donate their organs is having their wishes thwarted, it has…

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Are You A Pioneer, A Settler, Or A Prospector?

August 4, 2012 6 Comments
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Tony Juniper on how the Watermelons will be trying to persuade you to fall in line with them in future: For more than four decades the front lines of environmental campaigning have been located in the worlds of politics and technology. New laws driving cleaner and more efficient ways of doing things have been at the core of the environmental agenda, and up to a point it has worked. But…

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Give A Dog (Campaigner) A Bad Name…

July 31, 2012 14 Comments
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Scores of people are to take to the streets of Nottingham this weekend in protest against dangerous dog legislation. Good! Protesting that it’s useless and doesn’t go far enough, I presume? Rescue workers and dog lovers alike are demonstrating against Breed Specific Legislation, which under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (Section 1) bans certain types of dogs in the UK. Oh. Great. Now, while I might have some sympathy with…

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See? It’s Our Society At Fault, Really….

July 27, 2012 11 Comments
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Jonathan Harker desperately attempts to deflect the recent bad publicity for Muslims: How did middle-aged Asian men from tight-knit communities even come into contact with white teenage girls in Rochdale? The main cultural relevance in this story is that vulnerable, often disturbed, young girls, regularly out late at night, often end up in late-closing restaurants and minicab offices, staffed almost exclusively by men. After a while, relationships build up, with…

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