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

July 29, 2014 8 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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The Arrogance Of The Short Distance Cyclist

June 24, 2014 7 Comments
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Stickers, you say? Why should a sticker enrage you so? For two reasons. Firstly, the “cyclists stay back” message is, at best, over-simplistic and misleading, at worst outright dangerous victim-blaming. Yeah, I feel the same way about those signs warning me to keep off the tracks – how very dare they warn me about the ‘danger of electrocution’..! And what’s with those ‘Keep away, cliff edge’ signs? How simplisting &…

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Sometimes It’s Hard To Be A Woman Eco Warrior…

June 22, 2014 3 Comments
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As Lucy Siegle found out: A high percentage of those surveyed for the Fabian report felt little or no connection to big issues such as climate change, viewed it as highly abstract and rated it at the same level of concern as dog fouling and litter. I’ve taken part in enough eco debates to know that when the session is opened to the floor, question three is always about dog…

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Spare Me From The ‘Crusader For Justice’…

May 30, 2014 10 Comments
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Hardly a day goes by, says Phil Shiner, without him or someone who works for him receiving abuse or worse. Is he an estate agent? A cop? A traffic warden? Why, no. He’s a Catholic, a committed socialist, who believes passionately in social justice. Those are his guides. Hmmm… Shiner, 57, is the Birmingham-based lawyer who is the scourge of the British Army, bringing case after case alleging brutality against…

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Clegg’s Big School Meals Idea Meets Cold, Hard Reality…

May 28, 2014 11 Comments
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…no surprise which wins, is it? Come September, children at Mudeford infants school in Dorset are not going to be getting hot school dinners. They’ll be eating sandwiches. Not cake, then..? Somewhere along the troubled history of the coalition’s policy to give all infant children a free school meal, the requirement for food to be hot quietly disappeared, to the relief of some headteachers. Well, finally, someone saw sense. Not…

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Harry Leslie Smith Has Odd Taste In Timepieces…

May 22, 2014 8 Comments
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Harry Leslie Smith Has Odd Taste In Timepieces…

When I heard Nigel Farage’s comment that many people over the age of 70 feel uncomfortable about homosexuality, I had to check my watch to make sure it was 2014, not 1954. Now, plenty of watches tell you the date. Some include the month. I couldn’t find any on Google Image Search that told you the year… CiF Comment of the Year should surely be awarded to this, though:  …

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Well, No, Nick, That Would Never Do…

May 10, 2014 2 Comments
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Nick Clegg in the pages of CiF: Everybody has been shaken by the death of Ann Maguire and the notion that any teacher should lose their life in the classroom. It was especially poignant because she was clearly such a widely respected and loved teacher. But in the aftermath of terrible events such as this we have to be careful that we don’t simply reach for headline-grabbing solutions that don’t…

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Sing Those Prison Blues, Billy!

May 6, 2014 5 Comments
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The banning of steel-string guitars in British prisons has come under fire from a group of prominent musicians.. Including everyone’s favourite: … including Billy Bragg, Johnny Marr, Dave Gilmour and Richard Hawley. Dave Gilmour I’d heard of, the others..? Other musicians that have signed the letter include Seasick Steve, Speech Debelle, and Scroobius Pip. *blank look* The ban came in as part of the government’s changes to the incentive and…

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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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Well, After All, It’s Only Taxpayer Money…

April 28, 2014 11 Comments
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Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh insisted it is the right thing to do. He firmly believes it is better to take the risk of facing litigation from a gun licence holder, than to leave a gun in the possession of someone who the force doesn’t think should have one anymore. Maybe if the cost of each failed seizure came out of his own budget, he’d be less trigger-happy? And meanwhile, in…

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