Posts Tagged ‘ social cohesion ’

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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Well, If It’s ‘Good For Women’, Who Cares About Anything Else?

October 20, 2014 11 Comments
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Jessica Valenti on abortion (please, stifle those yawns!): There are certain polite terms that even the most well intentioned, prudent pro-choice people use when they talk about abortion. The most difficult decision. Tragic. Safe, legal and rare. But as state after state makes abortion effectively illegal in the United States – and as the anti-choice movement prepares for a US supreme court fight to end the right entirely – it’s…

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‘Comforts’ Are A Human Right!

October 4, 2014 7 Comments
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Vonny Moyes (arts journalist and ‘social activist’) on redefining poverty: We’re not hiking five miles for a jug of dirty water; we have good samaritans like the Trussell Trust handing out “golden tickets” to those in need. All things being relative, we have systems in place that, despite allowing us to dangle perilously close to the bottom, keep us from falling into third-world hell. Our social safety nets imbue the…

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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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Was It The Booze What Done It, Judge..?

August 13, 2014 2 Comments
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…or was it the increasingly lax justice system? Yesterday, as Sheppard was jailed after admitting murder, a judge made a scathing attack on parents who allow teenagers to drink underage. Judge Neil Ford, QC, said Sheppard and the girls had earlier drunk ‘a large quantity of quite strong alcohol’ at one of the girls’ houses. Despite the girl’s mother being present, the group had been allowed to get drunk on…

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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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Oh Noes! Whatever Shall We Do?

July 26, 2014 11 Comments
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Well, how about ‘ignore the prodnoses’ and busybodies..? A school has been rapped by an alcohol watchdog after it commssioned a beer to celebrate its centenary. So..? Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School sold the beer at a fireworks spectacular evening to mark 100 years of history and a centenary reunion for alumni in March. But a complaint was made by a concerned resident to the Portman Group, the independent body…

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“How Dare They Eat Overpriced And Pretentious Food!”

June 7, 2014 4 Comments
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Tanya Gold is disgusted with the success of…glitzy restaurants? Really? What is grotesque about such places, beyond library-themed chic and the contrast with the important food anxieties of the age (obesity, rising prices and the return of malnutrition), is the way they are considered an advertisement for the recovery and a glory of the city – the trickle-down effect, if you will. Don’t they provide jobs & opportunity then? This…

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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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At Last, The Instruction From The State: “Don’t Be Offended..”

May 16, 2014 5 Comments
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Shah said his son told him about the conversation with the inspectors after he picked him up from school on Wednesday. “He said, Dad, when they took us to the side room, they said ‘Do you guys know what gay means?’. My son said, yes, I do know what it means, what’s that got to do with our education? They said, ‘Are you exposed to it in any way, good…

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Frankly, My Dear, I Don’t Give A ….

April 22, 2014 4 Comments
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Priyamvada Gopal worries about Hindu extremism. What? No, not here. In India: It is rarely scrutinised in the west, partly because Hinduism is stereotyped as gentle and non-violent in the image of Gandhi – who, ironically, was assassinated by an RSS activist – and benefits from the disproportionate attention given to Islamist violence, which enables other pernicious extremisms to slip under the radar. Well, yes. We don’t worry too much…

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You’re Right, Unnamed Harrow Resident, It Is ‘Utterly Barmy’…

April 5, 2014 1 Comment
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…but not for the reason you give: One Harrow resident said: ‘We live in a society where a cabbie can be told not to fly the St George flag in his car or people can’t display them in offices. And yet this guy gets away with posting a picture of Saddam Hussain in his window. It is utterly barmy.’ You should be standing firm with him and demanding the same…

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What’s To ‘Respect’, Tom?

March 10, 2014 6 Comments
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Tom Ballard demands ‘respect’ while not showing any. As usual. …I’ll be thinking about those words as I tear up at the many thousands of punters who travel across the country and the world to line Oxford Street, brandish rainbow flags, cheer and try to avoid being hit in the face by the free condoms that rain down like lubricated hailstones. The event is Mardi Gras in Sydney, and it…

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#FirstWorldProblems Are Going Down The Pan…

March 6, 2014 9 Comments
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…literally, as Emma Brockes relates: Many years ago, I went to Venice to interview Meryl Streep about her role in The Devil Wear’s (sic) Prada. The film festival was on and the city overrun with attendees wearing wristbands, permitting them varying levels of access to venues. One of these was a toilet in the suite reserved for the interview, which, Ms Streep was assured as she entered the room, was…

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