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All About ‘Rights’, Nothing About ‘Responsibilities’…

November 7, 2014 5 Comments
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Anti-racist campaigners hope to put stop-and-search “on trial” with a fundraising drive backed by poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Well, I can’t see how this could fail to generate a tsunami-like outpouring of cold hard cash… Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) is crowdfunding online to enable monitoring of the way police use the power to search people in the street without a warrant. They are taking donations throughout October and hope to use…

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Yeah, We’ll Believe The Majority Of Muslims Are ‘Not Extremists’…

November 3, 2014 11 Comments
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…when they start acting like it: A school at the heart of the Trojan Horse scandal has proven to be one of most sought after secondaries in the Midlands, the Birmingham Mail can exclusively reveal. Park View School the Academy in Alum Rock was flooded with 884 applications – despite only being able to offer 120 places to pupils this academic year. The over-subscribed school was so popular with parents…

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Oh Captain, My Captain!

October 8, 2014 15 Comments
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As a captain in the so-called politically correct police, I’ve learned that there are arrogant types who use offensive language to assert some kind of superiority. And there are well-meaning types who just get it wrong. Hugh Muir, of course, would always count himself amongst the latter number… On Sunday, preparing for What the Papers Say on Radio 4, I wrote a script which said protesters in Hong Kong were…

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Spit Out That Quinoa Muffin, Hipster!

October 2, 2014 8 Comments
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Sunili Govinnage has some bad news for the foodies: If you haven’t seen any listicles setting out the hundreds of ways coconut oil can improve your life yet, you probably need to check your internet connection. The substance that South Asians, Southeast Asians and Islander people have been using for cooking, health and cosmetic purposes since way before Christopher Columbus went the wrong way to visit them has well and…

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Oxford Dodged A Bullet Here…

September 14, 2014 7 Comments
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Helen Price, writing in the ‘Guardian’ last year, about turning down Oxford to go to Yale: Cash-starved UK universities cannot compete with the funding opportunities offered by US colleges, whose wealthy alumni throw donations at their alma maters. Yale’s $19.4 billion endowment dwarfs Oxford’s £3.9 billion, meaning that they can pay for everything from summers abroad to huge research grants. Most of all, I noticed the difference in their attitude…

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“We couldn’t be under that system any more.”

August 31, 2014 13 Comments
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Well, the system ain’t finished with you, Mr King… In the video, Mr King told how they had wanted to leave the hospital because the NHS could not fund the proton beam treatment that they wanted for their son. ‘We couldn’t take it any more – not knowing and not being able to question anything in fear that they say, “Sorry Mr and Mrs King, emergency protection order, you’re no…

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When You Pry It From My Cold, Dead, Cracker-Holding Hands…

August 21, 2014 8 Comments
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Many popular cheeses on sale in UK supermarkets contain high levels of salt, despite meeting government reduction targets as part of the drive to improve public health, campaigners have warned. This is, of course, our old friends CASH, aided and abetted by the BMJ. Cash called on the government to introduce much more challenging targets on salt reduction in cheese as a “cost-effective” way to improve public health and to…

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Gary Younge Hails The Promised Dawning Of The Socialist Utopia!

August 17, 2014 3 Comments
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… the possibility that America’s third largest city might elect a union leader over an establishment Democrat marks a broader national shift towards progressive city politics. Across the country, from New York to Seattle and Boston to Pittsburgh, municipal authorities are swinging left. Hurrah! Onwards, comrades, to our glorious victory! But what could be the reason for this dropping of scales from eyes, so all can see the Glorious Shining…

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In Which Kanye West Finally Jumps A Megalodon-Sized Shark…

August 11, 2014 10 Comments
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…and takes the ‘racism’ industry along for the ride: Kanye West has compared the pressures of celebrity life to the US civil rights struggle of the 1960s. Leaked excerpts from West’s sworn deposition for his paparazzi assault trial saw him claiming he and other stars need to band together in the face of press persecution. “[Celebrities], as a group of minorities here in LA … have to band together to…

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“What?! No Third World Economic Refugees Or Romanian ‘Big Issue’ Sellers? Quelle Horreur!”

July 29, 2014 11 Comments
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A furious row has broken out over Boris Johnson’s plans for a “floating village” of 50 luxury homes in the Docklands. Gosh. Why? …the scheme was condemned by Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales for creating a new “yuppie ghetto” in East London and called for a total rethink. He said: ”We have always been clear that any new development must provide affordable housing and an acceptable mix of uses…

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So…The Customer Is Always Right?

July 17, 2014 1 Comment
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So…The Customer Is Always Right?

Young attractive furl discovered during the World Cup and signed up for top modelling job. Hurrah, right? But wait… She has a hobby. A pastime. A perfectly legal one. Doesn’t matter: Well, you sat, that’s up to L’Oreal, they know their customer base. But…do they? Well, I guess L’Oreal is happy to chase the moron dollar…

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But, But… We Don’t Do ‘Shame’ Anymore, Do We?

July 11, 2014 11 Comments
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Robert Walker (professor of social policy at the University of Oxford) rails against ‘shaming’ of the poor: Rather than being shameless, new research reported in my forthcoming book, The Shame of Poverty, indicates that people in poverty feel humiliation on a daily basis. Really? And what sort of decisions bring about this unfamiliar feeling to them? One lone father in our study spoke of needing to choose between furniture polish…

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Rentseeking? In The ‘Guardian’? You Shock Me…

July 8, 2014 8 Comments
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Hugh Muir is unhappy: It is a question bedevilling every liberal democracy. People must be free to think as they choose, but how to police hate? Simple, you police the expression of it. Which is what we do. Next! Consider the latest plan for policing hate in Merseyside. Staff in ethnic minority shops, notably Chinese and Indian takeaway restaurants who have been targeted by racists, will be kitted out with…

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And When This Fails To Work As You Want, Aditya?

July 2, 2014 8 Comments
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Aditya Chakrabortty on the Great Cheap Clothing Scandal Of 2014: Somewhere in Swansea is a woman whose hand I want to shake. My guess is that she’s the one responsible for giving Primark such a stonking headache over the past few days. You probably know her handiwork – at least, you will if you saw the stories about how two Swansea shoppers came back from the local Primark with bargain…

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Ghastly Harpies…

June 30, 2014 7 Comments
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…by which, for once, I don’t mean the harridans of the Labour front bench, but the ‘anti-rape activists’ who are whining that a false-rape alleger has finally got a decent sentence: There was anger from women’s rights campaigners who claimed that such severe sentences would put off rape victims from going to the police for fear they could face prosecution if allegations were not proven. There were cries of “Shame”…

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